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Capela dos Ossos, Evora

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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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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  • A site with a lot of history to visit. We paid 2 euros for being under 25 years to visit the site. Could create a special mode just to visit the Chapel, since not everybody is interested in going to the Museum.
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  • I paid 3 euros for the visit and super worth it knowing this chapel that was built around 1500 and decorated with more than 5,000,000 bones of monks. Super worth it for those who are passing in Évora, city beautiful and charming.
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  • A shock to discover this Chapel only in bones and skulls. Unnecessary to say that this place is inappropriate for young children and sensitive people. A real curiosity
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  • Pretty cool place, all made up with bones and a nice inscription at the entrance. The two skeletons were missing though, but the place itself is quite scary but an interesting visit if you are around Evora
  • €3 to enter. First I had to see a collection of different nativity scenes before going to the chapel. It's a spectacular sight; a small version of the Parisian catacombs. Apparently some mummies had been removed for restoration.
  • Must-see of Evora! Small but worth the detour
  • This has to be one of my favorite things to see in Portugal. It's a out of the ordinary place and pretty unbelievable until you're there yourself. Worth the visit!
  • Impressive monument, don't miss it!
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