Capela dos Ossos, Evora

4.3
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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  • 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.
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