Capela dos Ossos, Evora

4.3
Must see · Religious Site · Church
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.
Create an itinerary including Capela dos Ossos
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Capela dos Ossos reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
5,474 reviews
Google
4.5
TripAdvisor
  • This is a strange place. You are confronted with a room full of human bones and left to contemplate the brevity of the human lifespan.  more »
  • This place will make you to think about past and future. About your life and why you are there. It is not a dark or terrible place. One of a kind. After this visit go to the roof terrace to see a...  more »
Google
  • "Our bones lay here and they await yours!" The main thing to see at this site is the chapel of bones. It's super creepy and I loved it! It cost a little money to get in to this building but I still recommend checking it out. Bones line all the walls of this chapel and they have all been carefully placed so that certain types of bones are grouped together to make it look more visually appealing. There are other things to check out in this building as well but nothings really compares to the chapel. The town is also very cute so you might want to spend a little time walking around.
  • Impressive but not really worth the steep entrance fee of 5 euros. The chapel is literally just the one room. Interesting to look at but if you have seen the ones in Prague or other places, you can probably skip. The ancillary exhibitions that are included were also only mildly interesting. The rooftop deck is nice but baking hot with no shade or bar, a wasted opportunity in my opinion. You’re probably better off looking at the pictures and spending more time in the church which is free.

Plan your trip to Evora

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Evora

See all ›
©
World heritage site
Centro Historico de Evora
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
©
Religious Site
Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora)
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
©
Religious Site
Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana)
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
Landmark
Praca do Giraldo
4.0
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Evora

©
National Park
Parque Natural da Arrabida Setubal
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
©
Castle
Monsaraz Castle and Walls Monsaraz
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
©
Castle
Castelo de Marvao Marvao
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
©
Specialty Museum
Tapetes de Arraiolos - Centro Interpretativo Arraiolos
4.4
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Evora

See all ›
©
Ruin
Centro Interpretativo dos Almendres
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
©
Historic Site
Walls of Evora
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
©
Church
Igreja de Sao Francisco
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes
Church
Loios Convent
4.0
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Evora

©
Historic Site
Aqueduto da Agua de Prata
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
©
Walking tour
Walking tours
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
©
Specialty Museum
Museu de Evora
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
©
Winery / Vineyard
Cartuxa - Fundação Eugénio De Almeida
3.9
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Evora

See all ›
Specialty Museum
Megalithica Ebora
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Specialty Museum
Aldeia da Terra
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
©
History Museum
Museu do Relogio - Polo de Evora
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
©
Art Museum
Museu do Artesanato e do Design -MADE
4.0
Duration: 2 hours

Nearby attractions in Evora

©
Skydiving
Skydive Portugal
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Archaeology Tour
Ebora Megalithica Guided Tours
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
©
University / School
University of Evora
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
©
Walking tour
Evora Cultural Experience
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min