Well worth seeing but hard to imagine that a place like this was built and actually existed. A very sobering visit.
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This chapel is one of Evora's main attractions and while it's a little on the ghoulish side - it's made entirely of human bones - it was definitely worth the visit. The ticket which allows entry to the chapel and the surrounding complex was only...More
the chapel of the bones is attached to Sao Francisco Church. forgotten when it was built but let's call it C17. the walls are all lined with bones and skulls - like a catacomb. there is the sobering message over the entry 'We bones here...More
The Chapel of Bones was certainly fascinating and food for thought. You really have to experience it to understand it. For me it was very moving as I reflected my own mortality.
An effective reminder of mortality, this strange place is worth seeing if traveling through Evora. There is also a unique collection of nativity sets (creches) and other religious Portuguese antiquities in the adjacent church museum that is included with the price of admission.
Try to go when there are few people around to distract you from the power of this place. I always complain about places that forbid photos, but in this case I think they should consider it. Too many selfies with skulls goes against the meaning...More