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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...more
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Largo 10 Maio, Evora 7000-650, Portugal
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One of the interesting "attractions" in Evora, the bone chapel, located in an extension of the Cathedral, contained bones that used to be buried in the area under the present location of the Cathedral. The bones did not belong to people who were victims of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Zhiv
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A bit difficult to find besides the church it includes a small museum. 4€ in entrance and can be done in 10 minutes. The chapel in itself is of course spectacular and there are small thought worthy texts for reflection.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited this chapel many moons ago while in Europe. Quite a grotesque attraction this turns out too be quite beautiful

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank JohnG3121
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow! I thought it will be scary but this is an amazing chapel of the bones. Beautifully arranged all over the walls and ceiling. We said a prayer for them while taking pictures. It’s a beautiful place to visit.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank FrequentFlier698706
Reviewed 1 week ago

A very interesting Chapel containing the bones of the monks who used to inhabit it and dotting the walls, celeings and columns. Despite its unusualness it is not so rare as there are several examples in many other countries. If it is the first visit...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank thomasozbun
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was interesting but if I were paying for it, I might give it a pass. It isn’t large so you can see it in ten ot fifteen minutes easily. The attached church is very nice.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank barbdpayne
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am not even sure what to say about this. It was like nothing I have ever seen before. I was at once awed and depressed. Other members of our party definitely wanted to come here (the kids), so we added Evora to our itinerary....More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank VADogwalker
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an amazing story and chapel to visit. You cannot even imagine the feeling and sites you will see.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Kathy L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My goodness, someone went to a lot of work. Take some time really looking at the designs. This took a lot of time to put together. I wouldn't suggest bringing children to this, however.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank JustBeachin55
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A chilling experience ,sobering thoughts .I wonder how we would appreciate our loved ones been exhumed and exhibited .Inscription is eerie.Evoked thoughts of Auschwitz s welcome for me.

Date of experience: November 2018
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James W
June 26, 2018|
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Response from LexaNavi | Reviewed this property |
Within the town. Few blocks off town center. Worth trying to see if you get chance. Closes promptly at 5 pm
April 4, 2018|
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Response from MeredithFlorida | Reviewed this property |
Tickets are sold at the door. It is a small town with cute shops and restaurants. Go off the main plaza and you will find good food. Look for the remains of the Roman Aqueduct as well.
March 13, 2018|
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Response from Christina S | Reviewed this property |
I’m sorry but I was there in June and didn’t need to line up, but I’m sure you can buy the tickets in adwance!
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Chapel of Bones (Capela Dos Ossos) in Evora - restoration... (1 Replies)
Hello, Based on recent TA reviews, it appears the Chapel of Bones is in the process of being restored. Does anyone know when the work will be completed? Thanks in advance.
January 04, 2015|
Response fromptnov64|
It's not the chapel, it's the church (Igreja de S. Francisco) where the chapel is located. But the chapel is open to the public with normal visiting schedules. Instead of entering through the church's main gate there's a small door on the back of the church. The church will remain under restauration for a large period of time.
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Dia de Camões June 10 2016 (0 Replies)
Greetings, We are planning a trip to Portugal in June. On June 10th we'll probably be in either in Evora or in Coimbra. Should we make any special plans or preparations for that day? Will major attractions such as Capela Dos Ossos in Evora or the university in Coimbra be closed then? Thanks.
May 07, 2016|