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Capela dos Ossos

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Completely crazy

It’s really worth visiting this place even if I have to say that Christians have been completely... read more

Reviewed 20 September 2018
via mobile
Unusual but interesting to see!

Not the usual tourist attraction but drove out to see this while on holiday in the Algarve. It’s a... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2018
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“small chapel”(3 reviews)
“donation box”(2 reviews)
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Largo do Ossario | N 125, Alcantarilha 8365-012, Portugal
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Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

It’s really worth visiting this place even if I have to say that Christians have been completely crazy by that time. Luckily times have changed b

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 25 August 2018 via mobile

Not the usual tourist attraction but drove out to see this while on holiday in the Algarve. It’s a small village, there is limited parking around the church and restaurant across the street. Chapel is at right side of Church (outside) and is protected by...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Rathcoole24
Reviewed 12 June 2018

Unusual chapel to view the bones and skulls that make up the walls. It has bars around it, but doesnt stop you getting a view and an idea about it. Its in a tiny village so parking could get difficult. A great stop off when...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 22 May 2018

It does not take long to view this Chapel but it is covered floor to ceiling with the bones and skulls. I believe them to be from the graveyards they dug up to extend the village. It has locked gates in front which you can...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank BACNYorks
Reviewed 23 March 2018

If you happen to be in Alcantarilha you should take the opportunity to visit the Chapel of Bones which ajoins the church. The entire interior of the chapel is lined with the bones of over 1000 former parishioners. Disturbingly, when the local cemetery became too...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank ownyourlifejg
Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

You can park right beside the chapel. The church was not open but we be chapel was. Bones from cemetery were used for the chapel.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Lesterbeach
Reviewed 7 March 2018

Chapel of bones in the church at the centre of town (can be seen on the hill above the town). Built in 16th Century by collecting skulls and thigh bones from an unused cemetery. The chapel is very small. One of the few chapels of...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank 3362alant
Reviewed 5 November 2017

If you want to see something different and have something to tell when you get home. Visit this place. It is a chapel built by bones and sculls

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank 756MichaelA
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Capela dos Ossos " is a small chapel built into the south side of the main church . The chapel was built in the 16th century and certainly is an unusual spot to take holiday photos . Great excuse to visit Alcantarilha . Lovely church...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank ownyourlifejg
Reviewed 22 August 2017

Chapel downstairs and small museum on the top floor. Chapel is a must, take a time for yourself, look to the bones of monks who help build this chapel and think about our mortality.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank MarkoKranj
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17 September 2016|
Response from Destiny3168 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, depending on disability the church is not easy to access. The church has quite a few steps up to get into and doorway was not wide. Most of main church is flat but to get into skull part would be very tricky with a... More
14 September 2016|
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Response from Destiny3168 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, both my husband and I remember there was toilet in the outside court yard. Probably not the best and take your own loo paper, just in case!