Capela dos Ossos, Evora

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View the human skulls and bones decorating the interior walls of Capela dos Ossos. A Franciscan monk built this chapel in the 16th century to encourage contemplation about the afterlife and our fleeting time on earth. At the entrance to the Church of St. Francis, you will find this small chapel, which contains the skeletons of approximately 5,000 monks. Skulls and bones cover the eight pillars inside the structure, as well as its walls, and two skeletons hang from ropes. The ceiling is brick and painted with themes of death. Though not for the faint of heart, this site represents a look into a particular time and belief system. Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Evora trip simple and quick.
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  • The Capela dos Ossos may not be the first place you would stop in Evora but it is one that is treated with respect and encouarges reflection.  more »
  • This is the most bizarre Chapel we have ever visited. The walls, pillars, and ceilings are lined this the bones of 5000 poeple. Built so that people could visit and reflect on the certainty that life ...  more »
  • A Chapel out of the ordinary, but with a message that we should take for life. We are only bones. Recommend to visit and the historical experience
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  • Very iconic. There is a lot of museum aside from the main chapel which you are encouraged to see. It can give you some basic history of the chapel itself. If you are visiting, not for the history, but either to reflect on life and death or simply see something iconic, I'd skim the museum at most. The nativity exhibition containing many depictions of the nativity was hilarious. It's well worth going through the museum to get a view of the town, but the view from the Evora cathedral is far better.
  • As it was my second time seeing the chapel of bones the end of 2017, the first being in 2010. I find it fascinating how they used bones to decorate the chapel and they have some great painting on the ceiling. Truly a place to visit when one's in Portugal.
  • The chapel with bones is pretty impressive and obviously the main draw. The museum has some hilariously bad art - I have attached some of my favourites. My advise: go to the chapel and leave; the museum is poor, and the views from the sé are better. Please weigh in to your decision if the bone chapel is worth the price of admission (4 euro).
  • Wow! A very humbling experience to see. Must visit! Incredible chapel filled with the bones from the city.
  • The 16th century chapel is decorated using an interesting medium- it is decorated by the bones of some 5000 people (plus a couple of dried corpses) and is quite a sight. It gets very crowded when a tour group or two arrives, try to time it so they are not in the small chapel when you are. Note inscribed above the entrance in Latin “These bones await yours”- the monks wanted people to think about death and not so much on the material things of this life. The rest of the church is also worth seeing if you have the time.
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