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Capela dos Ossos

Estrada Regional 125, Alcantarilha 8365-011, Portugal
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Interesting

Unusual chapel to view the bones and skulls that make up the walls. It has bars around it, but... read more

Reviewed 12 June 2018
luv2holidayinthesun
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England, United Kingdom
Unusual

It does not take long to view this Chapel but it is covered floor to ceiling with the bones and... read more

Reviewed 22 May 2018
BACNYorks
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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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“main church” (5 reviews)
“small chapel” (3 reviews)
“donation box” (2 reviews)
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Estrada Regional 125, Alcantarilha 8365-011, Portugal
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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

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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

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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

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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.

Thank Lesterbeach
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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

Thank alan t
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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

Thank Michael A
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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

Thank ownyourlifejg
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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.

Thank MarkoKranj
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Reviewed 31 July 2017

On the side of the church, almost hidden away! the chapel is behind an iron grille but it is easy to take pictures. It is tiny and there is a plaque explaining the provenance of the bones and skulls. Not creepy; a bit odd but...More

Thank Yves F
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Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

and quite unique i never seen that before it s not scary at all it s just special, local culture it s on the way to Silves city worth it to stop!

Thank ksarman
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Bexxylexxy
17 September 2016|
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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
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Silva_dk
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!
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