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Chapel of Bones - Evora - Portugal

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Chapel of  Bones - Evora - Portugal

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Description: (Portuguese: Capela dos Ossos) is one of the best known monuments in Evora, Portugal.

The lugubrious chapel is formed by three spans 18.7 meters long and 11 meters wide. Light enters through three small openings on the left. Its walls and eight pillars are "decorated" in carefully arranged bones and skulls held together by cement.
The ceiling is made of white painted brick and is painted with death motifs.
The number of skeletons of monks was calculated to be about 5000, coming from the cemeteries that were situated inside several dozen churches.
Some of these skulls have been scribbled with graffiti. Two desiccated corpses, one of which is a child, dangle from a chain.

The famous warning at the entrance “We bones here, for yours await”


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