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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. Using our online itinerary creator, Evora attractions like Capela dos Ossos can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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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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  • This was my reason for coming to Evora and I looked forward to it throughout my Portugal trip. It didn't disappoint. If you like the Paris and Roman catacombs, this is right up your street. They say t...  more »
  • A part of the very old church of Saint Francis, the Chapel of the bones is astounding. With the bones of over 5,000 monks. I have only seen anything like this in Rome. This is a must see if you are in...  more »
  • Having visited the Capuchin Chapel in Rome, I did not find this chapel particularly interesting but if you have never been to a bone chapel, I guess this one is ok.  more »
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  • Interesting and grotesque at the same time. We went in the morning and there was a big group of tourists so it was a bit packed. The actual room of bones is creepy and disturbing. I didn't find this place very "Christian". I would recommend this place though.
  • Got here on Easter Sunday. After asking at our hotel they told us that they should open after lunch at 14:30. They did not. A lot of people were waiting that day outside with no information provided. We visited again the next morning that was open. It is a really small chapel with lots of bones in the wall. It really can attract a crowd and it gets hard to move around in the chapel when that happens.
  • A little chapel with bones on the walls. Nice place to visit and cheap tickets.
  • Impressive how those bones had been neatly arranged to reflect the end of our human life. We are mortal.
  • History & Present a great mix. Great food @ Maria Luisa