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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  • Amazing what these folks did some time ago. The chapel is very well presented, there are a lot of bones to see.  more »
  • Apparently it seems strange, after all, so many bones and skulls, can give the impression of something macabre, but it is curious and is part of a culture that at the time was normal. It is well worth to know... Very different from everything I've ever seen.
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  • To do. A little creepy and short but completely different from what we used to see. I recommend it.
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  • Beautiful chapel in the front and a completely different chapel in the back. Not for the faint of heart. However you can appreciate the history in the Bones Chapel. It is quiet the solemn experience.
  • Worth a visit. Also worth a visit is the Nativity Museum. There's loads of Nativities from Portugal and some from other European countries. Really nice views from the top.
  • A nice little collection of (dug up) bones. Creepy? Not really. Ethically sourced? Definitely not. There is a nice lookout point.
  • It is very impressive and made out of real skeletons. The entrance inscription reads “We bones that here are, for yours await”. A little macabre but totally worth the admission ticket (€5 as of April 2019)
  • Interesting chapel for sure. Entry price is somewhat high and the highlight is mostly limited to the actual bone chapel, the rest of of the place functions as a museum with artifacts, art and paintings. Definitely worth the visit when your in Évora.
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