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Capela dos Ossos, Evora

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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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  • Reading about it, or even seeing photos, isn't the same as seeing it in person. My sons called it "creepy", and that is a good word. If you're in the area of Evora, you need to stop and take a look... 
    Reading about it, or even seeing photos, isn't the same as seeing it in person. My sons called it "creepy", and that is a good word. If you're in the area of Evora, you need to stop and take a look...  more »
  • Certainly a unique place to visit. enjoyed the cript and exhibits. nice view from roof. enjoyed our visit 
    Certainly a unique place to visit. enjoyed the cript and exhibits. nice view from roof. enjoyed our visit  more »
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  • It's small, but it is striking. You will remember it forever if you go there. It's a single large room so it won't take long for you to see all there is to see. But do take your time to read all about it and take a few minutes in silence ponder on all the people that end up there. Don't miss if you are on Evora.
  • An interesting and creepy place. I recommend to visit. The church is located at the museum. the museum itself was not very impressed. Next to the museum is another old church, unusual for Portugal, different from the others.

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