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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Capela dos Ossos Reviews
You should make sure you stop here if you are in Evora. The chapel isa fascinating look I to the lives and history of the town. more »
Of course most people go for the Capela dos Ossos but there is so much more to the church than the one room. And what a room it is. The church itself is beautiful inside and out. There are rooms full.... more »
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.
This place was very amazing. We went here expecting just a bone museum/chapel. Boy were we wrong. There is several amazing old religious items in this museum, all with great stories. Our favourite thing about this museum was simply the museum of nativity scenes. Basically hundreds of epic nativity scenes, from any country you could think of. Very cool place. 5/5.
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