No selfies in the Church of Bones

The Sedlec Ossuary (above) in the Czech Republic is enforcing stricter rules on photo-taking, joining other famous places in Europe with such rules, such as London's Westminster Abbey (left).
The Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic is enforcing stricter rules on photo-taking, joining other famous places in Europe with such rules, such as London's Westminster Abbey (above).PHOTOS: ST FILE, ZAKI ZULFAKAR NOORDIN

The crackdown on tourists taking insensitive photos at the Czech Republic's Sedlec Ossuary is part of a growing trend at major travel destinations

PRAGUE • Next year, the Czech Republic chapel known as the "Church of Bones" will enforce stricter rules to curb a rise in inappropriate and derogatory photographs, Czech news agency CTK reported.

According to the Sedlec Ossuary's parish director Radka Krejci, tourists have been taking insensitive selfies and manipulating bones to stage more interesting photos, desecrating a holy site that draws hundreds of thousands of tourists annually.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 23, 2019, with the headline 'No selfies in the Church of Bones'. Print Edition | Subscribe