Capela dos Ossos, Evora

4.3
Must see · Religious Site · Church
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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  • Historically interesting with a long heritage back to prehistòria and Roman times Extremely well presented and preserved  more »
  • Some might think it ghoulish, but places like this aren't uncommon in Europe. Fascinating if a little macabre.  more »
  • We loved the chapel of bones! It is very peaceful despite covid restrictions being in place. It makes you pause when it hits you that every skull was once somebody's head. Somebody who had a life and....  more »
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  • "Our bones lay here and they await yours!" The main thing to see at this site is the chapel of bones. It's super creepy and I loved it! It cost a little money to get in to this building but I still recommend checking it out. Bones line all the walls of this chapel and they have all been carefully placed so that certain types of bones are grouped together to make it look more visually appealing. There are other things to check out in this building as well but nothings really compares to the chapel. The town is also very cute so you might want to spend a little time walking around.
  • Impressive but not really worth the steep entrance fee of 5 euros. The chapel is literally just the one room. Interesting to look at but if you have seen the ones in Prague or other places, you can probably skip. The ancillary exhibitions that are included were also only mildly interesting. The rooftop deck is nice but baking hot with no shade or bar, a wasted opportunity in my opinion. You’re probably better off looking at the pictures and spending more time in the church which is free.
  • This is a fascinating monument, with huge walls covered in real human bones. Definitely a new experience and a completely out of the ordinary visit to a chapel. The entrance fee is not very expensive, at €5 for adults, and €3.5 for 65 years old. Definitely worth a visit when passing through Évora.
  • This place was very amazing. We went here expecting just a bone museum/chapel. Boy were we wrong. There is several amazing old religious items in this museum, all with great stories. Our favourite thing about this museum was simply the museum of nativity scenes. Basically hundreds of epic nativity scenes, from any country you could think of. Very cool place. 5/5.
  • I thought this place was going to be creepy, but no.... Not creepy at all... it's strange but arty. Actually very nice and pleasant to see...I loved it...

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