Ossuary at the Church of St James

The number of discovered remains makes it the second largest in Europe, right behind the catacombs of Paris

Situated beneath St James’ Church, the ossuary is a place of remembrance with a mystical atmosphere. It was used for interring the skeletal remains of graves, which were then freed up to bury others.

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Admission fees

Ticket office and reservations

Tickets can be bought on site. Payment in cash or by card is accepted. Tickets can also be bought online for selected dates and times (at least a day in advance).

You can also book tickets in advance by phoning +420 515 919 793 or emailing kostnice@ticbrno.cz. A reservation is necessary for groups of 6 people and more.

Even more advantageous to the underground

The more of Brno's underground you visit in one day, the more you save! Come see the Labyrinth under the Vegetable Market, the Ossuary at St. James, the Cellar under the New Town Hall, and the Water Reservoirs at Žlutý kopec. Or choose any combination of these places. You always get a discount on admission at the ticket office.
  • 2 Brno underground sites 10 % discount
  • 3 Brno underground sites 15 % discount
  • 4 Brno underground sites
  • ➔ Full 670 CZK
  • ➔ Discounted 400 CZK
  • ➔ Family 1560 CZK

Forgotten burial ground

The number of people buried here is estimated to exceed 50,000. There was a churchyard at the Church of St James (the site is now Jakubské náměstí, or St James Square) as early as the beginning of the 13th century. Like many other churchyards, its establishment within the city walls later prevented its extension. The churchyard capacity quickly became insufficient for the needs of the growing city, and a special system of burial had to be adopted in which graves were opened 10 to 12 years after burial and the remnants were removed to make room for another body in the grave.

The remnants from the original graves were moved to special underground areas, called ossuaries. These also quickly filled up due to frequent plague and cholera epidemics. The reforms introduced by Joseph II in 1784 resulted in churchyards being closed down for hygienic reasons. The remnants from the graves were moved into a crypt, the churchyard wall was torn down, the area around the church was paved with the former headstones, and the ossuary was gradually forgotten.

Today, the Ossuary at the Church of St James is an attraction for tourists as well as a place of reverence. The tour is very impressive thanks in part to music composed especially for this place.

VOUCHER

The voucher must be exchanged for a ticket in person at the underground ticket office at Jakubské náměstí 1 during its validity period. The voucher is valid for 6 months from the date of purchase.

We recommend making a reservation in advance by calling +420 515 919 793 or by e-mail: kostnice@ticbrno.cz. For vouchers with a discount (seniors, students under 25, children and ZPT), proof of entitlement to the discount must be provided at the Underground ticket office. The voucher for family admission is valid for 2 adults and 2 children under 15 years of age. The voucher is valid only once and for the Underground to which it is purchased. The voucher cannot be exchanged for cash or refunded.

 

Voucher to the ossuary of St. James

The voucher must be exchanged for a ticket in person at the underground ticket office at Jakubské náměstí 1 during its validity period. The voucher is valid for 6 months from the date of purchase.

We recommend making a reservation in advance by calling +420 515 919 793 or by e-mail: kostnice@ticbrno.cz. For vouchers with a discount (seniors, students under 25, children and ZPT), proof of entitlement to the discount must be provided at the Underground ticket office. The voucher for family admission is valid for 2 adults and 2 children under 15 years of age. The voucher is valid only once and for the Underground to which it is purchased. The voucher cannot be exchanged for cash or refunded.

Voucher to Labyrinth under the Green Market

The purchased voucher to the Labyrinth under the Green Market must be exchanged for a ticket in person at the Zelný trh 21 underground ticket office during its validity period.

The voucher is valid for 6 months from the date of purchase. We recommend making a reservation in advance by calling 542 212 892 or by e-mail: labyrint@ticbrno.cz. For vouchers with a discount (seniors, students under 26, children and ZPT), proof of entitlement to the discount must be provided at the underground ticket office. The family voucher is valid for 2 adults and 2 children under 15 years of age. The voucher is valid only once and for the Underground to which it is purchased. The voucher cannot be exchanged for cash or refunded.