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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. Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Evora trip simple and quick.
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  • We visited the Chapel in late December. Beautiful experience. The Chapel of Bones does make one ponder life, but there was much more to see on our visit. Thousands of nativity scenes from all over....  more
    We visited the Chapel in late December. Beautiful experience. The Chapel of Bones does make one ponder life, but there was much more to see on our visit. Thousands of nativity scenes from all over....  more »
  • For some strange reason it's advertised as the main attraction in Evora. It's interesting but I wouldn't go out of my way just to see it. 
    For some strange reason it's advertised as the main attraction in Evora. It's interesting but I wouldn't go out of my way just to see it.  more »
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  • Sure, it’s a little macabre, but the history and uniqueness is worth the trip. The story about why the bones were used, the poem within, and the inscription above the door are beautiful. It’s a fairly small room, especially considering it’s supposedly made up of 5,000 corpses, and most people were in-and-out in less than 5 minutes. The entrance fee is €5, cash or card, and includes some other artifacts, a nativity museum upstairs, and a nice view of the town from the balcony.
  • A simply amazing place in Évora! Definitely, a must on the list of any traveler. The chapel is beyond impressive and it's unique. The pictures speak for themselves. If you have an issue with seeing bones and death, heads up, there are also mummies exposed there and there are bones all over the walls.

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