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Bones Chapel – Capela dos Ossos in Evora, Portugal

Submitted by on October 22, 2010 – 9:12 am4 Comments

The Capela dos Ossos, also known as the Bones Chapel, is a small chapel next to the Church of St. Francis in Evora, Portugal. Built by Franciscan monks to serve as a reminder of life’s short-lived nature, the walls and pillars of the chapel are decorated with carefully arranged human bones and skulls that are held together by cement. It is estimated that bones from approximately 5,000 bodies were used to cover the walls and pillars of the chapel. The Bones Chapel also features a ceiling made of brick that is painted white with death motifs. To add to the morbidness, two dehydrated corpses, one of which is a child, dangle from a chain.

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IMAGES VIA: Trishhhh, Miguel Vieira, lin padgham, paspalleteir@

4 Comments »

  • sarah wu says:

    WOW, that’s almost like the Catacomb in Rome.. nice shots

  • Debbie Glade says:

    This is beyond creepy. Can you imagine being there on Halloween?

  • [...] “The Capela dos Ossos, also known as the Bones Chapel, is a small chapel next to the Church of St. Francis in Evora, Portugal. Built by Franciscan monks to serve as a reminder of life’s short-lived nature, the walls and pillars of the chapel are decorated with carefully arranged human bones and skulls that are held together by cement. It is estimated that bones from approximately 5,000 bodies were used to cover the walls and pillars of the chapel. The Bones Chapel also features a ceiling made of brick that is painted white with death motifs. To add to the morbidness, two dehydrated corpses, one of which is a child, dangle from a chain.” – Brilliant Trips [...]

  • Erica says:

    Awesome! Similar to the Catacombes in Paris, only maybe even more so! Very beautiful.

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