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Capela dos Ossos

Largo 10 Maio, Evora, 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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  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Largo 10 Maio, Evora, Portugal
+351 266 704 521
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Reviewed 2 days ago

An effective reminder of mortality, this strange place is worth seeing if traveling through Evora. There is also a unique collection of nativity sets (creches) and other religious Portuguese antiquities in the adjacent church museum that is included with the price of admission.

Thank carollo5280
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This little chapel housed approximately 5,000 human bones and skulls dating back in the 1800's. It's very interesting and honestly quite eerie ; however a must see if you are in Evora.

Thank flyme2themun
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The bone chapel is very interesting. My kids are older, but may be a little spooky if your children are small. We skipped the museum, since we were at the end of a long, hot day. Still worth the trip to see it.

Thank Catherine R
Reviewed 6 days ago

Try to go when there are few people around to distract you from the power of this place. I always complain about places that forbid photos, but in this case I think they should consider it. Too many selfies with skulls goes against the meaning...More

Thank Geoffrey E
Reviewed 1 week ago

Quite an experience to be surrounded on all sides by relics of real human lives, very impressive and thought-provoking. The bright and well-presented attached museum is really interesting and with a nice roof terrace looking out on to the city. Come early to avoid the...More

Thank JasperTues
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my reason for coming to Evora and I looked forward to it throughout my Portugal trip. It didn't disappoint. If you like the Paris and Roman catacombs, this is right up your street. They say that you can't take pictures on pain of...More

Thank flaneur40
Reviewed 1 week ago

A part of the very old church of Saint Francis, the Chapel of the bones is astounding. With the bones of over 5,000 monks. I have only seen anything like this in Rome. This is a must see if you are in Evora or just...More

Thank lobbmcfarloand
Reviewed 1 week ago

Having visited the Capuchin Chapel in Rome, I did not find this chapel particularly interesting but if you have never been to a bone chapel, I guess this one is ok.

Thank Diana L
Reviewed 1 week ago

With 4 euros you get to see a church, a museum and the main attraction: The Chapel of Bones. The chapel was impressive and a bit thrilling. Worth seeing.

Thank MinnaUurainen
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing place! to paraphrase the saying above the entrance to the chapel is "these bones are waiting for your bones" is very appropriate. I thought the chapel had an amazing level of energy that demanded reverence and respect. Please if you are taking pictures remember...More

Thank sam n
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Katie W
Will you be open Easter Sunday, March 16, 2017?
26 March 2017|
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Response from Jelswiss | Reviewed this property |
I don't know I was a tourist!
Katie W
Will you be open Easter Sunday, March 16, 2017?
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
Is it open sunday?
6 March 2017|
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Response from goncalvs | Reviewed this property |
Yes, until 5pm on winter time