Morbid skeletons at the Ossuary at San Pietro

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Since we're always in search of strange, morbid and odd places to explore here comes an other tips for the northern Italy, perfect for vanlifers or if your on vacation by the Garda lake. So the second ossuary that we visited was a bit better than the fist one we thought, and also a bit bigger. (You can read about the The ossario di San martino here).


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Here was the "Battle of Solferino" where tens of thousands soldiers fell, in 1859 both the French army under Napoleon III and the Austrian army under Franz Joseph withdrew which then led to the founding of the Red Cross.

Here in the church of San Pietro they placed the bones and skulls of around 7000 soldiers that died during the war. The skulls are lined up all over the walls, from the floor up to the ceiling. The bones are stuffed on top of each other in to shelves in different rooms.

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There are even a few complete skeletons that is standing like guards, protectors of the remains of the fallen soldiers.

 Ossuary at San martino Italy lake garda skeletons Red Cross founding skull bones morbid urban explorations odd vanlife day trip onlylifeweknow

When your in here you can smell the death and feel the sacrifice that these soldiers made for their country.

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