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Capela dos Ossos

Largo 10 Maio, Evora 7000-650, Portugal
+351 266 704 521
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The walls and pillars of the chapel, built in the century. XVII, are lined with thousands of human bones and skulls. Ceilings with murals realtivas death. Written on a plaque next to the door, the phrase "We bones that are here for your hope", reminds us how fleeting passage through life
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Largo 10 Maio, Evora 7000-650, Portugal
+351 266 704 521
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Quite amazing. I have never heard, nor seen anything like this. The Franciscans dug up the graves in town, and stacked them to form a chapel. Absolutely amazing, but not sure why this was done. The explanations say how it was done, and when, but...More

Thank Andrew R
Reviewed 5 days ago

Yes, we will all end up this way! This is a bit creepy as well as a bit fascinating. If you have never seen this type of arrangement, it is worth visiting.

Thank Esther P
Reviewed 6 days ago

Not sure why someone decided to dig up all the graves and make a chapel out of the bones, but this was a creative application of that idea. There is an eerie feeling while visiting. Wish we knew more about the reason this was done.

Reviewed 6 days ago

After all the build-up, this ossuary is not all that interesting, just curious. A young man was creating a video with his own inaccurate version of history. Just all dem bones.

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 1 week ago

Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of the Bones) is part of a 16th century former Franciscan monastery. The chapel itself is where the original monks cells were located. This is a fascinating, if not macabre, place to visit. At the time of construction, it is said...More

Thank pmerten3
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The 16th century chapel is decorated by the bones some 5000 people (plus a couple of dried corpses) and is quite a sight. It gets very crowded when a tour group or two arrives, try to time it so they are not in the small...More

Thank GaryBrazel
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The bones are very impressive, and definitively worth it. The museum houses beautiful art, but assumes a lot of knowledge from the viewer. Perhaps I knew who saint Francisco was, but no introduction to ' the third order'? They missed a good chance to connect...More

Thank Max F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Quite creepy. Once the history and background is revealed, it is easier to grasp. There are thousands of bones and skulls covering the walls and ceiling. Unbelievable.

Thank Eileen O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An unusual attraction. Small and intimate. An historic solution for overcrowded cemeteries. Strangely artistic. Noticeable also the small size of the skulls and limbs.

Thank Susan B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did not spend a lot of time there, but it was compelling. We have seen similar bone chapels, but this one was more artistic in its design.

Thank phat_dawg_21
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Katie W
26 March 2017|
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Response from Jelswiss | Reviewed this property |
I don't know I was a tourist!
Katie W
26 March 2017|
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Response from goncalvs | Reviewed this property |
Hello according the site the chapel will be closed, the days of closure are below: 1st of January Easter Sunday 24 and 25 of December
Karina G
6 March 2017|
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Response from goncalvs | Reviewed this property |
Yes, until 5pm on winter time