Capela dos Ossos
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", reminds us how fleeting passage through life.
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  • muttibey
    Izmir, Türkiye3,662 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exceptional
    This is definitely something that you do not see everyday nor a simple cultural visit tour. This is totally mind blowing. Read all the details inside the chapel and then look at the walls. Spend as long as you can. It is simply a unique Chapel. There is also the museum and art version on the second floor and you can see the photo of the chapel many years ago. The terrace has also got a nice view of the city. Exceptional.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Trisstie
    Adelaide, Australia778 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Interesting
    Open on a Sunday after Mass this is an intetesting site to visit. The Cathedral is ornate and magnificent and free to enter. If you wish to view the bones you need to pay an entry fee of E6 per adult & E 4 for seniors over 65. The history of why the bones have been stored and preserved is very interesting and well worth viewing. Don't miss the upstair additional sites and view from the upper balcony as it is very easy to miss once you have viewed the nativity scene. Head upstairs to see more.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 July 2023
  • Paul S
    London, United Kingdom52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well with the effort to stop and onset
    This is a must see. An interesting large church with an ossuary in a separate building next door. The chapel is an unusual sight for us in the 21st century when we are not inclined to think of the “ last things”. Others did and we are invited to think here too. The church museum is also a glorious place and worth the entrance fee(€6) A very interesting private collection of Nativity scenes perpetuating the tradition of the Franciscan devotion to the Incarnation.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 September 2023
  • EC13091
    Ellicott City, Maryland1,484 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quirky chapel
    We have been in other bone chapels, but this was the best preserved. It’s sad that all the old cemeteries had to be dug up, but in this way, the chapel preserves those remains and reminds us all that we are dust and to dust we shall return. The admission ticket comes with admission to the museum, which has an interesting collection of nativity scenes.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 October 2023
  • Shawn C
    Montreal, Canada72 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chapel of Bones is eerie
    Creepy and very weird but glad we went. Read the poem in the chapel. Puts everything into perspective. Evora is a lovely spot. Took the train from Lisbon. Highly recommend. Loved walking around the town and the Chapel of Bones was one of the highlights of the trip.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 November 2023
  • liverpool1023
    London, United Kingdom1,125 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Momento Mori
    Just what you need on a Sunday morning is a sobering visit to an ossory. The message over the entrance is the rather mordant - we bones that are here await yours. The chapel was created in the 17th century from the remains of 5,000 monks. The ceiling is nicely frescoed and there is a fine alter piece.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 February 2024
  • Pietro J
    Toronto, Canada362 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A worth while visit to Evora for the St Francis complex, ossuary, town and temple
    . Not a large chapel for the bones but very unusual and striking. The St Francis complex is worth a visit with the church, and exhibits of interest. The city wall is restored to perfection and the town in worth a long walk. The roman temple is in a good setting but largely destroyed.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 April 2024
  • kjan2253
    Toronto, Canada117 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bones and Murals
    I had read about this chapel in the tourist guide books and could not imagine over 5,000 bones in a room. As a tourist from Canada, it is hard to believe that the cemeteries got so full, that skeletons would be exhumed and moved to make way for the newly dead. There are lovely painted ceilings in the chapel which contrast with the skulls, leg, and arm bones. You really do need to see it to believe it.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 May 2024
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kjan2253
Toronto, Canada117 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
I had read about this chapel in the tourist guide books and could not imagine over 5,000 bones in a room. As a tourist from Canada, it is hard to believe that the cemeteries got so full, that skeletons would be exhumed and moved to make way for the newly dead. There are lovely painted ceilings in the chapel which contrast with the skulls, leg, and arm bones. You really do need to see it to believe it.
Written 31 May 2024
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Dave P
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Save your 6euros. Complete rip off. Bone chapel is sick and the museum very dull. Get a drink instead. Nothing else to say
Written 12 May 2024
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Pietro J
Toronto, Canada362 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
. Not a large chapel for the bones but very unusual and striking. The St Francis complex is worth a visit with the church, and exhibits of interest.
The city wall is restored to perfection and the town in worth a long walk.
The roman temple is in a good setting but largely destroyed.
Written 16 April 2024
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tulaci
Edinburgh7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The entry for visitors is not from the Church of St Francis, even though it's a side chapel of the Church (entered from near the altar). You have to go to the right of the Church entrance to gain entry. Remarkable testament of humanity once life ends. A must see. Also the museum of artwork on the first floor should not be missed.
Written 5 April 2024
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liverpool1023
London, UK1,125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Just what you need on a Sunday morning is a sobering visit to an ossory. The message over the entrance is the rather mordant - we bones that are here await yours. The chapel was created in the 17th century from the remains of 5,000 monks. The ceiling is nicely frescoed and there is a fine alter piece.
Written 5 February 2024
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TheLeongOhana
United States7,455 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We took the bus to Évora mainly to see the Ossuary and it was well worth the trip.

Thousands of bones were dug up from surrounding graveyards and artfully stacked to build this ossuary. Bilingual signs outlined the history and details about those buried here, the founding Franciscan Friars, and assumptions about the two mummies that previously hung on the walls. A translation of a sonnet does make one ponder a bit about life.

After the ossuary we made our way up to the third floor for a limited view of Evora. If pressed for time then the nativity displays and small art collection on the second and third floors can be skipped.

Don’t forget to see the Church of Sao Francisco next door.
Written 28 January 2024
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James S
Toronto, Canada1,783 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Sometimes there are somethings seen on a tour that one remembers but not always in a pleasant way. One such thing was the Capela dos Ossos or chapel of Bones. A short walk from the Cathedral of Evora brought us to another of the city’s churches, the Igreja e Mosteiro de São Francisco and nest to it our next stop on the city tour, the Capela dos Ossos.

Ossos is derived from Ossuary which is a site containing large numbers of skeletal remains. It was a common practice in the Middle Ages to use such places as the final resting place of the deceased and in fact one of the largest in the world is the catacombs under Paris.

The Ossuary in Evora is no where as large but no less disconcerting. Ossuaries were often the resting place for the poor and lower classes as the nobility could afford elaborate tombs often inside the church or cathedral. Mass deaths such as the result of wars, plagues and illness often resorted in mass deaths and the need to intern the remains as quickly and properly as possible in mass graves.

The Capela dos Ossos differs from some Ossuaries in that the 5,000 remains were not interred her originally. They were excavated from nearby mass graves by Franciscan Monks to decorate this chapel which is adjacent to the church. Sadly, it often the very young and very old that die in times of plague and illness and most of the 5,000 remains on display. are those of children.
Written 27 January 2024
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Shawn C
Montreal, Canada72 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Creepy and very weird but glad we went. Read the poem in the chapel. Puts everything into perspective. Evora is a lovely spot. Took the train from Lisbon. Highly recommend. Loved walking around the town and the Chapel of Bones was one of the highlights of the trip.
Written 15 November 2023
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PackerFanaticFromCO
Fort Collins, CO49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The Chapel of Bones was worth the price of admission; we drove to Evora mainly to view it. The adjacent museum was a bit boring
Written 14 October 2023
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EC13091
Ellicott City, MD1,484 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We have been in other bone chapels, but this was the best preserved. It’s sad that all the old cemeteries had to be dug up, but in this way, the chapel preserves those remains and reminds us all that we are dust and to dust we shall return. The admission ticket comes with admission to the museum, which has an interesting collection of nativity scenes.
Written 3 October 2023
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