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Address: Largo 10 Maio, Evora, Portugal
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+351 266 704 521
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The walls and pillars of the chapel, built in the century. XVII, are lined...

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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Creepy yet interesting

This chapel is literally lined wall-to-wall with human bones. Whilst creepy and not for the faint-hearted, it is quite interesting and a must-see once in Evora.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Trinidad
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This chapel is literally lined wall-to-wall with human bones. Whilst creepy and not for the faint-hearted, it is quite interesting and a must-see once in Evora.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a small chapel inside a church. The walls are covered with human bones. This was a way the monks found to protest against the luxurious ornaments and vanity of the churches, so to remind everyone that in the very end, we all will be a pile of bones, doesn't matter if you are rich or poor. Really worth... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I had to see this place while on our trip to Evora, Portugal. It is definitely memorable. There is a museum upstairs that, for the most part, I was not as interested in, although there was a beautiful organ on display. The chapel itself was much larger than I expected, and when you realize 5000 human remains are entombed there... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

this place is so unlike anything i have seen, very unusual, almost spooky, built out of human bones and skulls.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The phrase that greets the visitors is impossible to translate with the same richness: "Nós ossos que aqui estamos, pelos vossos esperamos" is literally "We bones, that here are, wait for yours", but the richness in the rhyme is portuguese-only: "ossos" (bones) with "vossos" (yours), is perhaps translated in Spanish "huesos" and "vuestros", but not with the same perfection. About... More 

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Oliveira de Azemeis, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The unique "materials" that is used on the chapel makes this a mandatory place to visit in Evora. On the entrance the inscription is iconic (free translation) "We Bones that are here for yours we're waiting", in the inside the number of bones and dimension of the chapel is impressive and to know a little beat of the story are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The capela dos Ossos is slightly surreal and unnerving. I knew that it was a chapel of bones but had not expected quite so many, all lined up and some made into patterns like a weird jigsaw puzzle. There were a couple of mummies there too, one of a child. It was an interesting place to visit but just a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I can't give this chapel 5 stars because of it's content. It is an extra space but the idea that some monks decided to dig up the deceased locals and use their bones as wallpaper to help "contemplation" is horrible. So I was turn between actually feeling ill in the place and being stunned by its very existence.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My first time saw a bone museum. Very different, and you can see sculls and bones in the walls. Definitely worth the visit

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

While Capela dos Ossos is a quick visit, it is a very memorable visit. We went with two young children aged 5 and 7 and they thought this was pretty neat. It wasn't scary, but again was interesting. The only thing I have ever experienced like this was the Catacombs in Paris, and this was a lot cooler not to... More 

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