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“Fascinating in a Strange Sort of Way. A Must See”
Review of Capela dos Ossos

Capela dos Ossos
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Private Tour: Évora and Almendres Cromlech Day...
Ranked #4 of 196 things to do in Evora
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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
Reviewed 17 November 2017

Quite amazing. I have never heard, nor seen anything like this. The Franciscans dug up the graves in town, and stacked them to form a chapel. Absolutely amazing, but not sure why this was done. The explanations say how it was done, and when, but not why. Either way, the chapel consists of tens of thousands of bones from people who passed away hundreds of years ago. Their graves were exhumed, and their bones were taken and sorted. Then, they used the femur and leg bones for one wall, the skulls for another, rib bones for another wall, arm bones for a pillar, etc. But, it was done tastefully.

To my followers: as strange as this is, you will never see anything like this. An absolute must see. The picture is worth a thousand words.

Thank Andrew R
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Reviewed 16 November 2017

Yes, we will all end up this way! This is a bit creepy as well as a bit fascinating. If you have never seen this type of arrangement, it is worth visiting.

Thank EstherP1882
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Reviewed 14 November 2017

Not sure why someone decided to dig up all the graves and make a chapel out of the bones, but this was a creative application of that idea. There is an eerie feeling while visiting. Wish we knew more about the reason this was done.

Thank LUCKYME72
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Reviewed 14 November 2017

After all the build-up, this ossuary is not all that interesting, just curious. A young man was creating a video with his own inaccurate version of history. Just all dem bones.

Thank Thomas V
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Reviewed 12 November 2017

Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of the Bones) is part of a 16th century former Franciscan monastery. The chapel itself is where the original monks cells were located. This is a fascinating, if not macabre, place to visit. At the time of construction, it is said that 2 local cemeteries were overflowing and three of the monks thought to construct the chapel to house the bones. History says that the bones of over 5000 cadavers were used and you see both bones and skulls carefully arranged on the walls and pillars of the chapel. The lighting in the chapel gives it a ghosty appearance. In addition to the skulls and bones, there are 2 corpses in glass cases. Our local tour guide said they were the bodies of an identified woman and child (though I have read on-line that it is a man and a child). Upon entry to the cathedral you pass thru two beautiful gilded gates with the following inscription above the threshold entrance: "Nos ossos que aqui estamos pelos vossos esperamos”, roughly translated as “We bones, are here, waiting for yours.” A reference, no doubt, to the Franciscan concept of the futility of human existence. This is a must see - if nothing else, it leaves you wondering......

Thank pmerten3
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