The mummies of Vamberk

Monika Načeva & Michal Pavlíček

8th December 2017 / Dřevník Hall

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The mummies of Vamberk in the crypt of the Broumov Monastery. The most famous of the mummies belongs to Magdalena Grambová, who brought the tradition of making bobbin lace to East Bohemia from her native Belgium. Also resting here is Bohuslav of Chrast, who, even though he has his own tombstone in the church in Vamberk, never lied below it and according to legend, he was one of the infamous fexts.

History: In the mid 1980s, sewer renovations near the Church of St. Prokop in the town of Vamberk uncovered an abandoned crypt, where around 50 mummies, dating from the end of the 17th and the beginning of the 18th century, were discovered. Humidity and mold began to have an effect on the mummies, and it was saved just 34 of them - so a more suitable place was sought for them. This resting place turned out to be the crypt of the Benedictine Monastery in Broumov, where the mummies were taken in 2000. Fifteen of them can be seen now on the guided tour. 


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