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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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  • The crypt is not underground, but to the right of the entrance walls and all furniture are composed of skulls and human bones
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  • Obviously the main attraction of this wonder is the famous chapel decorated with countless skulls and bones. The whole thing is very impressive and makes you think about how much has changed our relationship with death over the past two hundred years. Basically, this is not a unique example to the world: only in Italy we find many places of worship are decorated with various pieces of skeletons. Being surrounded by death and come into contact with it constantly (even and especially in childhood) was extremely normal. Places like this are proof and should be visited in order to grasp this aspect also too real in our history. Unfortunately, the rest of the Church is not anything particularly special. True, there is some interesting fresco and several nice paintings, but nothing exceptional. The place really impressive and worth the entire visit in the end is only the chapel. But it is very nice that it was kept "secret" around this place: it is not particularly popular and the number of tourists is quite low. The experience is therefore particularly enjoyable, engaging and charming.
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  • This post is not to comment on the ossuary (because it was closed), but to warn that despite the times described in various internet sites of culture, the ossuary Sunday is closed.
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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.