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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  • Chapel of bones is a must see! For €4 euros it's well worth it, even if it's creepy. Not seen anything like it before so well worth a visit.  more »
  • Worth a quick visit, a few photos and a quick read of the information panels. Nothing more. Surcharge.
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  • The Capela dos Ossos is really like many comments state, i.e. impressive. It is worth the visit when in Evora. The only pity is the lack of silence from groups of visitors.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Special place. Maybe not for the faint-hearted. But do visit this chapel. Very nice exhibition two floors higher of Christmas cribs from all over the world.
  • Loved both the Nativity scene art exhibition and the Chapel of Bones itself. Coincidence made it that there is a school next door and the children were either in recess or getting of school so while we were silently visiting the chapel, the sounds of playing children were coming thought the windows from outside, a kind of poetic symmetry that added to the experience!
  • This is the best known monument in Évora. This mystical chapel is almost 19 meters long and 11 meters wide and the walls and pillars are covered by 5000 skulls from monks coming from several dozen cemeteries nearby.
  • I'm not a historian, but I found the place fascinating, and indeed, creepy due to its history and thousands of bones spread all over. Expect to be crowded during regular hours which require from you some patience to get close to particular areas of its interior.

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Where to stay in Evora

Take advantage of Evora's array of ancient and historical sites by staying in one of the many mid-range hotels located within its medieval core. Thanks to a mix of Roman, Moorish, and later European buildings, the entire center is listed as a World Heritage Site, so this area provides a great base for sightseeing by foot. To save a little on accommodations, you can also check into one of the hostels in town, most of which are located in the city center or on its winding residential streets that branch off from the main squares. These usually have shared, dorm-style rooms, but can get you right in the midst of the action at a very low cost.
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