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Capela dos Ossos

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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...more
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Largo 10 Maio, Evora 7000-650, Portugal
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

They say that seeing is believing but here, even after you've seen the bones of 6,000 deceased monks, you still may not believe what you're seeing. Amazing church and an amazing sight. This is a must see in Evora.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Paul4ejjr
Reviewed 4 days ago

When I planned our trip to Evora I searched the most interesting things to see. Because its a small town and we had only two days I wanted to plan the heck out of it. The capela dos Ossos was my first point of interest....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank analizadsm
Reviewed 5 days ago

It is impossible to stand a room full of skeletons and not feel something. The point this monk was trying to make still lingers on...we are all going to die. Are you ready? If you are interested in being fully confronted with this feeling -...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely worth a visit. Very historic site and lits to see. This chapel is quite weird so full of the bones and well worth seeing for the history.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank anjp33
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Though it might seems crazy to say that this chapel is beautiful, the thing is that once you step inside you will no longer forget this place. This is a place with History, and each skull and bone keeps it's own story, it's own life....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank AnaPedro-AnaPedro
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place did surprise us and was well worth the visit. Some damages to bones on pillars that were reachable by visitors (sad thing about humanity and lack of respect) but well built and laid out. Mummified bodies of an adult and child were a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank al_ditto
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From previous reviews, I did not know what to expect. It is not scary at all but rather a place to reflect on history and the ingenuity of the builders. It is tastefully lit and photography (not flash) is allowed.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank CamelGurgaon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One part of a bigger church. The entire Chapel of of Bones is made of bones. It sounds bizarre, but it is quite interesting. It is set up like a museum.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank south6
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's beautiful and creepy at the same time. However I do totally understand the sentiment behind it, to remind us how we all end, so not to waste our lives. At least, that's what I think is the message. Definitely worth seeing. Nothing like it...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ellyn M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Chapel of the Bones was built in the 17th century, with the intention of provoking by the image the reflection on the transience of human life, summarized in the words above the entrance "WE BONES HERE, FOR YOURS AWAIT". The city’s two Franciscan cemeteries...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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James W
June 26, 2018|
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Response from LexaNavi | Reviewed this property |
Within the town. Few blocks off town center. Worth trying to see if you get chance. Closes promptly at 5 pm
April 4, 2018|
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Response from MeredithFlorida | Reviewed this property |
Tickets are sold at the door. It is a small town with cute shops and restaurants. Go off the main plaza and you will find good food. Look for the remains of the Roman Aqueduct as well.
March 13, 2018|
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Response from Christina S | Reviewed this property |
I’m sorry but I was there in June and didn’t need to line up, but I’m sure you can buy the tickets in adwance!