Chapel of Bones, Évora

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    Ossuary Chapel

    by evilprebil Updated Feb 11, 2007

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    Simply disgusting! I only went in because you can't not see something like a chapel lined with bones. Luckily one of our Canadian friends was also disgusted, so I wasn't the only sissy. The most disgusting part is what is hanging. You have to pay to take a picture. It's based on honesty (how sweet!).I knew I didn't need a picture of bones...Ew!
    A rarity in Portugal definitely.

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    Chapel of Bones

    by barryg23 Updated Sep 11, 2005

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    One of Evora's most popular sights is the Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones), housed in St. Franciso Church. Visitors are welcomed with the interesting message "We bones wait for your bones", which stands above the entrance to a most bizzare and rather disturbing room, whose walls are entirely covered by the bones of more than 500 monks, moved here by the Franciscans in the 16th century from the various monastic cemeteries in the city. I found this place a little bit gruesome and can't really recommend it. If you are interested in this sort of thing it costs 1 Euro and the Chapel is open until 5pm every day.

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    Chapel of Bones

    by dcwizard Written May 8, 2005

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    The Chapel of Bones (Capela dos Ossos) is located in the Sao Francisco Church, built in the 15th Century. This gruesome chapel of bones was created in the 17th Century from the remains of 5,000 monks. Two leathery corpses, one of a child, hang from a chain. The morbid message at the entrance says it all: "We bones that are here await yours."

    The Chapel of Bones in St. Francis Church
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    Capel of Bone's

    by orlandom Written Jan 29, 2005

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    Perhaps the most memorable sight in Évora is the Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones; 9am-1pm & 2.30-5.30/6.30pm; in the church of São Francisco , close to the bus station. A gruesome reminder of mortality, the walls and pillars of this chilling chamber are entirely covered with the bones of more than 5000 monks; an inscription over the door reads, "Nós ossos que aqui estamos, Pelos vossos esperamos" (We bones here are waiting for your bones).

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    Capela dos Ossos

    by cucaracha Written Apr 15, 2004

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    To me the Capela dos Ossos will be what I will remember the most out of Evora. I think that this must be unique, or almost unique, in the world.

    It is kind of freaky but the inner walls of the chapel are covered with the bones and skulls of about 5000 people...

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    Bone Chapel

    by johnsakura Written Jan 28, 2004

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    Its plastered and beautifully decorated ceiling is supported by many substantial columns constructed, like the walls of the room, of bones faced with skulls. Many of the skulls have been gilded, so that the overall appearance is not stark, but actually rather warm and "elegant," in a ghoulish sort of way.

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    Bones Chappel

    by johnsakura Updated Jul 24, 2003

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    Belongs to the Sao Francisco church.
    A chapel drawing on religious baroque influences which is totally covered with human bones). It has 5000 skuls from ancient monks. It has written on top of the entry: "Your bones we have, your bones we await".
    This is quite an impressive chappel unseen all over the world. I heard theres a bone chappel somewhere in Poland. Either the way this is something you shouldn't miss.

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    Bones Chapel / Capela dos Ossos

    by dila Written Jun 20, 2009

    Capela dos Ossos was created by a few Franciscan monks in the 16th century.
    There about 5000 skeletons.
    more pics at my travelogues

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    Capela dos Ossos - Chapel of Bones

    by Sambawalk Written Feb 13, 2005

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    This chapel of bone is located behind Igreja de Sao Francisco. It has skulls and bones of more than 5,000 people. Admission EUR0.5.

    Portugal has other ossuary chapels but this one is the creepiest.

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    Bone house

    by TinKan Updated Mar 25, 2003

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    There is a place here made of the human bones of people that had died. The entire place is made of bones.

    Evora bone house
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