2011-06-23

Chapel of Bones - Évora


In Évora historic center (also UNESCO), at St. Francis Church, there is a very unique chapel: the walls are covered with real human bones! In there you have a mixture of feelings, it's a morbid place but at the same time is beautiful... It's absolutely a place that you never forget!

"The Capela dos Ossos (English: Chapel of Bones) is one of the best known monuments in Évora, Portugal. It is a small interior chapel located next to the entrance of the Church of St. Francis. The Chapel gets its name because the interior walls are covered and decorated with human skulls and bones. The Capela dos Ossos was built in the 16th century by a Franciscan monk who, in the Counter-Reformation spirit of that era, wanted to prod his fellow brothers into contemplation and transmit the message of life being transitory. This is clearly shown in the famous warning at the entrance "Nós ossos que aqui estamos pelos vossos esperamos" (“We bones, lying here bare, are awaiting yours")." In: Wikipedia
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