Church of St. Peter and Paul with the ossuary in Mělník
One of the oldest Czech monuments hides a valuable ossuary and offers wonderful views of the confluence of the Vltava and Elbe rivers and the royal vineyards from its tower.
The Church of St. Peter and Paul in Mělník in Central Bohemia is one of the oldest still-functioning churches in Bohemia. It was founded a thousand years ago and is dominated by a church tower, from which you can enjoy a beautiful view of the confluence of the largest Czech rivers – the Vltava and the Elbe – and the royal vineyard. There is an ossuary in the crypt of the church. Together with the ossuary in Sedlec near Kutná Hora, it is one of the largest in the Czech Republic. The Gothic spaces hide the remains of thousands of people of different ages, genders, and ethnic origins. In the past, bones were found in various places around Mělník, remnants of war events of the Thirty Years' War and other skirmishes that were brought here. The ossuary can be visited in summer, or by prior arrangement even outside the tourist season when a group of more than 10 visitors.