Trip Planner Europe  /  Italy  /  Lombardy  /  Milan  /  Sightseeing  /  Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa

Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa, Milan

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4.6/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web
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.
Create a full itinerary - for free!
going to
read all reviews »
  • is in the Centre of the old town, a few steps from the Cathedral and behind piazza fontana (Yes, that agricultural Bank). There is a very particular atmosphere, you will see a large number of human skulls, tibias and other behind the lattices. has its own, macabre, charm. from Milan, say no more. you have to visit it and get your opinion
    show original
  • The inner walls of the building are almost entirely covered with skulls and bones that were found in the ossuary, as well as those which were exhumed in cemeteries suppressed after the local hospital was founded in 1652.
    show original
  • Interesting to see how our attitude to death has changed. This place is a chapel with literally hundreds of skulls and bones from aristocrats I believe who died from the Black Plague. Eye opening but ...  read more »
  • Molto suggestiva
  • The church is not as impressive as the other churches in Milan. However, the ossuary is the big draw. The ossuary is small and to the left hand side. The bones and skulls here were dug up because the local cemetery hundreds of years ago were filled to capacity. The feeling in the ossuary is creepy at first then you are in awe of the design. It is great to watch people's reactions as they enter. This church is closed during lunchtime.
  • Peaceful Church with eerie secret... A whole chapel with the skulls of the dead built into the wall. Well worth a visit, no entrance fee only a donation. Open on Mondays
  • the "Ossario" is an amazing room that should be visited by everyone, since it is very close to the center and for free...
  • Absolutely beautiful Church; well worth a visit.
Nearby Attractions
Visit for 2​h
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 2​h 30​m
Visit for 30​m
Visit for 3​h
Visit for 3​h
Visit for 1​h