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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. For Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa and beyond, use our Milan vacation planner to get the most from your Milan vacation.
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  • This church was formerly known as San Bernardino to the dead. A gruesome and mysterious traits place the ossuary Chapel is accessible through a long, narrow hallway where you can admire several votive offerings. Sunday morning mass is celebrated for the Catholics of Sri Lanka, which after the ceremony they gather in the square to eat together. From Monday to Saturday, admission is up to 18 with no stop. It is closed on Sunday afternoons.
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  • Entrance is for free. There are bones of the dead patients nearby hospital (Ospedale del Brolo). They were among them, rich and poor, legitimate citizens and criminals. Niches with the walls turned into a gruesome images filled with human bones and skulls. Many of them formed into huge crosses, or the letters "M", short for Mary.
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  • The church itself isn't particularly remarkable inside or outside, in fact we struggled to find the entrance although the beggar on the front door asking for money soon made it obvious. Almost everyon...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Appreciate the relationship between death and life in ancient world....nowadays we hide death..but in those time.. death is common.
  • A must visit place in Milan. This ia the place where you will be able to find lots of skulls.
  • A secret little spot. The entrance to the hall is 1 euro donation. Spook
  • Must see in Milan! Check out the inside chappel, famous by the decoration made out of human skulls and bones.