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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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.

Admission fees

Buy tickets to two underground landmarks and get 10 % off!

If you buy tickets to two of the tree underground landmarks (the labyrinth underneath the Vegetable Market, the Mint Master’s Cellar, the ossuary in the Church of St. James) at the same time, you will get 10 % off the total price.

Underground for an even better price?

Admission for all of the Brno Underground in one day: full price CZK 350, reduced price CZK 180, family ticket CZK 800.

Ticket office and reservations

No reservations are necessary for groups of 5 people or fewer.
Tickets cannot be bought online for same-day visits.
When buying tickets online, the number of tours that can be booked during any particular day is limited. If none of the times are suitable for you, contact the Brno Underground ticket office directly, and you can book a time that better fits your schedule.

Night tours of the Ossuary of St. James’ Church

VOUCHER do Kostnice u sv. Jakuba

Voucher je nutné vyměnit za vstupenku osobně na pokladně podzemí Jakubské náměstí 1 v období jeho platnosti. Platnost voucheru je 6 měsíců ode dne zakoupení.

Doporučujeme vytvořit rezervaci předem na telefonním čísle +420 515 919 793 popřípadě e-mailem: kostnice@ticbrno.cz. U voucheru se slevou (senioři, studenti do 25 let, děti a ZPT)  musí být na pokladně podzemí prokázán nárok na slevu. Voucher pro rodinné vstupné platí pro 2 dospělé a 2 děti do 15 let. Voucher je platný pouze jednou a pro podzemí, do kterého je zakoupen. Voucher nelze vyměnit za finanční hotovost ani vrátit.

VOUCHER do Labyrintu pod Zelným trhem

Zakoupený voucher do Labyrintu pod Zelným trhem je nutné vyměnit za vstupenku osobně na pokladně podzemí Zelný trh 21 v období jeho platnosti.

Platnost voucheru je 6 měsíců ode dne zakoupení. Doporučujeme vytvořit rezervaci předem na telefonním čísle 542 212 892 popřípadě e-mailem: labyrint@ticbrno.cz. U voucheru se slevou (senioři, studenti do 26 let, děti a ZPT)  musí být na pokladně podzemí prokázán nárok na slevu. Voucher pro rodinné vstupné platí pro 2 dospělé a 2 děti do 15 let. Voucher je platný pouze jednou a pro podzemí, do kterého je zakoupen. Voucher nelze vyměnit za finanční hotovost ani vrátit.