Beyond seeing the exterior of the Duomo and the Last Supper, the San Bernardino alle Ossa church would be at the top of my list for must visit places in Milan. The main church has high ceilings with paintings, sculptures and walls of marble.
I had done some research, but I could not find the main reason why I wanted to visit this church. My friend had already exited the church and I was about to exit as well and then I noticed a small hallway on the left when exiting and then others were coming from this hallway. I went outside and grabbed my friend and thought this must be the area I was looking to visit. ( I would suggest seeing the main church first, then going down the hallway to visit the ossuary).
We walked down the hallway (right-side when walking into the church) and I was what I would call stunned by what I was seeing! Walls and walls and a ceiling of human skulls, bones decorating nearly every nook and cranny of this room. We walked around and tried to take it all in, then needed to take a seat to try to observe even more.
The little research I was able to gather was that this facility used to be a cemetery and hospital. A church was then located on the property and all of the bones (due to limited grounds/space) were relocated to this connecting room as a shrine to the deceased. My mind was boggled as was this actually a respectful gesture, but I felt one could see it as a more deviant representation as well, but this would certainly not be the historic reasoning for an ossuary.
It’s a stunning and remarkable sight that you will remember well after your visit to Milan. A must see!!
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