Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa, Milan

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Hidden just steps away from the massive crowds flocking to the Duomo, Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa boasts an impressive bone chapel. The side chapel, adjacent to the church, was built in 1210 to house the bones of individuals when the next-door cemetery ran out of space. The main church was added later, in 1269, and a larger church was erected from its remains after a devastating fire in the 18th century. Now, curious visitors can explore this church and its famous ossuary chapel, much of which is decorated in the Rococo style. See Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa and all Milan has to offer by arranging your trip with our Milan tour planner .
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  • Not far from the Duomo and worth a visit. The church is quite simple but the attraction is the chapel which is decorated with skull and bones of unknown people. Very artistically placed. Along one wal...  more »
  • Church at 2 min walk from the Duomo, only attracts tourists who get informed properly about Milan. At the entrance may appear as any church, but the real attraction is the charnel-house adjacent to the main building. The ossuary is completely covered with human bones (hence it follows the name), which makes it feel dark and fascinating at the same time. A visit to include if you have never walked around Milan.
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  • The room with the skelets is grand. It's free to visit but a guy there tries to lure you in giving one euro per person. I did not.  more »
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  • This is the hidden gem of Milan. It has a chapel made out of bones (from people that died in the hospital). It's free to enter and definitely beats the one in Czech Republic. Donate some money to help the church though.
  • The church itself is not all that impressive but the chapel is amazing.
  • Nice Church with human Bones!! it worths the visit abd from Milan Cathedral you can reach there 10 minutes walking!! Amazing, Bizarre and a little bit horrifying!
  • Mindblowing chapel of the ossuary, decorated with bones and skulls from the ancient Lazaretto (leper hospital). It is inside the church, so get in and ask for directions.
  • Really unique. Never seen anything similar. Costed 1 euro per person (which is super fine, but was a bit weird as it was a "forced donation"), but worth and it makes sense to support a bit.

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