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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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Largo 10 Maio, Evora, Portugal
+351 266 704 521
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Reviewed yesterday

Wow, creepy but cool. Almost think it is not real, skulls are too small, may be kids, at the end, sign says waiting for yours

Thank stevepencz
Reviewed yesterday

This is worth going if you've always wanted to go to one of the ossuaries. It has a lot of them - see photos. There are also some other items in the museum - they in good condition, but not of broad significance.

Thank Andy G
Reviewed 3 days ago

Fantastic place!!! A little macabre perhaps and it makes you wonder about the monks who set it all up. Life is ephemeral, only the sole is eternal. It's been on my bucket list ("1001 Historical Sites You Must Visit Before You Die") for some time....More

Thank Wakhoworld
Reviewed 5 days ago

On a day's visit to Evora, this was by far the most popular site. There was a line to get tickets and the site itself was crowded. I guess I am less impressed by ossuaries than most people. From a distance, the walls could have...More

Thank arkcruiser
Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved Evora; I hated the Capela dos Ossos.. Not because it wasn't impressive and not because it wasn't evocative but it was just a tourist attraction. It was simply impossible to feel anything of the meaning or feeling of the place because it has...More

Thank Henry K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Things were certainly done differently in the past. A chilling reminder of our mortality.I did not do any reading about this Chapel before I visited so found it quite confronting. Like most places you visit when travelling you need to do your homework first.

Thank kate4868
Reviewed 1 week ago

went to see this as a curiosity. Bizarre tht the room is lined with bones and skulls,yet has a light cheery ceiling albeit with skull crown moulding!!

Thank terry w
Reviewed 1 week ago

This doesn't take much time to visit, but the bones of her 5,000 people discovered in mass graves some time ago, gives one pause. The bones are stacked within the walls and also adorn various walls and columns. Worth looking.

Thank Salmontree
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The entire inside of the chapel is covered by 5,000 cadaver's bones. Its a bit eerie to see it, but also interesting. "We bones that are here we are waiting for yours"

Thank Sloan13
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I enjoyed this Chapel. If you want to ponder man's finiteness and how man deals with death this is graphically displayed in a strange beauty in this chapel. Highly recommend. you will not forget it. not for the squeamish.

Thank Mel L
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Katie W
25 March 2017|
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Response from Jelswiss | Reviewed this property |
I don't know I was a tourist!
Katie W
25 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
5 March 2017|
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Response from goncalvs | Reviewed this property |
Yes, until 5pm on winter time