The #capeladosossos (Chapel of Bones) is a fascinating #chapel with a very macabre atmosphere. Ranking as one of Evora’s most visited sites, this eerie tourist attraction is not for the faint hearted. This small, unassuming chapel is actually home to the final resting place of hundreds of bodies; all exhumed from the city’s graveyards in the 16th Century.
The main entrance to the Chapel of Bones greets visitors with a foretelling #Portuguese inscription: “We, the bones that are here await yours.” Walk inside the chapel and tourists can feel a chill down their spine when they realise that human bones are incorporated into every aspect of the chapel interior.
Despite its appearance, the Chapel of #Bones was constructed out of necessity and is more than just a religious curiosity. During the #16th Century, the graveyards in Evora were overcrowded so bones were exhumed to make way for new bodies to be buried. The bones were respectfully cast into the cement and housed in this place of worship. The exhumation aligned with the common beliefs of the era and followed the Counter-Reformation ideology that the bodies would be closer to #God .
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The bones line every wall in the Capela dos Ossos