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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  • Other than to say entry is free and it seems comparatively quiet, this church isn't well served by a text review - check out the photos! Then do a little research to uncover some of the other somewhat macabre practices associated with this church.
  • Very interesting and beautiful in an off beat way. Definitely worth a visit.
  • Definitely make time to see this amazing chapel. They have a history in English printed out for visitors.
  • Creepy and beautiful at the same time. Good also to enjoy fresh air and silence if visiting Milan in a crowded day of summer. The bones chapel is a true hidden treasure few minutes walking from the Milan mainstream attractions.
  • Really interesting place to visit when in Milan. Morbidly fascinating, it will make you sigh and shiver at the same time and turn you into an unconventional traveller.

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