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Bible Encyclopedias

Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature

Charnel-House

(med. Lat. carnarium), a place in the neighborhood of a church-yard or other cemetery, usually vaulted, where the dry bones of the dead, which the grave-digger had thrown up, were carefully laid in order. Afterwards a chapel was built over it, wherein interment could be made, monuments erected, and masses, (See CHANTRY), be sung. In this case the "charnel- house" was a vault under the chapel. The chapels of cathedrals sometimes had such charnelhouses under them.

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Charnel-House'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/c/charnel-house.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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