St. George’s Church in the Czech Republic, constructed in 1352, has been abandoned since the 1960’s since the locals felt it was a bad omen when the ceiling caved in during a funeral. Yet its pews are populated with shrouded ghostly figures.
Although it would’ve made a great story if these pious undead had appeared spontaneously, they were actually commissioned as an installation.
“The figures represent the ghosts of Sudeten Germans who lived in Lukova before World War Two and who came to pray at this church every Sunday,” says the artist Jakub Hadrava, a third year sculpture student. “I hope to show the world that this place had a past and it was a normal part of everyday life, but that fate has a huge influence on our lives.”
The installation was designed to attract tourism and help garner funds to restore the church. I’d certainly pay a visit if I could.