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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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  • After having visited the only other and original church of this kind in Portugal I was very eager to visit the ossary.However I struggled to get the correct info regarding open times etc.I received in...  more »
  • This Mannerist style church w/ dome & lantern originates from 1269 but was rebuilt after 1712 and is located in the center of Milan. The exterior façade from 1776 has 3 doors flanked by two windows an...  more »
  • Amazing and creep but definitely worth a visit one of my favorite places I've ever seen surprised there was hardly anyone there free to visit but donations welcome and deserved in my opinion  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.