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“Impressive, bizarre, unsettling”
Review of Capela dos Ossos

Capela dos Ossos
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Owner description: 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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“Impressive, bizarre, unsettling”
Reviewed 18 August 2014

I first visited this chapel as a child and everytime I go back there, I get the chills. You get to see a million skulls from up very close and covering the walls and ceiling. Impossible not to wonder about life and death and how you're spending your time in between. The ambiance is dark, heavy and the visitors are often muted by this place's imposing solemn feeling.

In my humble opinion, this is ten times as impressive as the overly touristic Paris catacombs, as far as piles of bones are concerned.

Visited September 2013
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“Better than it sounds”
Reviewed 12 August 2014

When I read about this chapel in the travel guides I thought I wouldn't bother going there, as it sounded morbid. I wandered to the church next door and couldn't visit it because it there was a mass, so I went to the chapel. It was the first time I've seen such a thing, and it is probably the last, and yes, it was bad taste, especially the skeleton hanging on a wall (a spotlight lights it from time to time), but it was also fascinating to recognize the different bones in the different wall arrangements.

Visited March 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Bizzare place”
Reviewed 12 August 2014

Expect one room, some 25 m2, walls decorated with bones, pillars with sculls. Very bizzare. Not an everyday site you can see.

Visited August 2014
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“Very interesting”
Reviewed 11 August 2014 via mobile

The chapel should not be missed. It is unfortunate that the main church that it is attached to is undergoing restoration so cannot be seen.

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“melancholy mood”
Reviewed 11 August 2014

This was my second visit to bone church firstly in Prague
I don't like to be there long time.
Not so funny to be there and find an invitation "next is your turn"

Visited April 2014
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