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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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  • huge capela in a space huge opposite same to the market city of Évora, and with them gardens then. The Church, simply great
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  • Notably the low ticket price, especially considering that the Chapel is very small. basically a large room rectangular. The walls covered with bones and tiles make it unique. Definitely an attraction a bit macabre but sobering. Not to be missed.
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  • My first time saw a bone museum. Very different, and you can see sculls and bones in the walls. Definitely worth the visit 
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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
  • Looking through google images before restoration 2014-2015 it looked fantastic place to see. But when i recently visted the chapel of bones it had changed soo much.the ceiling bones that criss crossed with bones had gone,the sheild of bones had gone .pillars had been hidden in cemente with bones stuck to it poorly.if you want to go look at the before images of restoriation then images after it then decide if you fancy the trip to evora.but evora does have plenty of amazing history which is worth the trip.
  • €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.
  • The chapel of bones is a place where bones of 5000 munks are all over the place. From my opinion, the chapel of bones would be one of the last places that I would want to go to!!!😣😖😱
  • A very special chapel with all bones cemented on walls. Yet most people visit with respect and it's not scary at all.