The Chapel of Bones, Portugal
This ghoulish sight in Portugal is a chapel covered and decorated with human bones and skulls that beckons those with an interest in all matters macabre.
Located in Evora and dating back to the 16th Century, the Chapel of Bones is believed to contain remains from more than 5,000 corpses, including the three Franciscan Monks who founded the Royal Church of St Francis here some 800 years ago.
It’s an unsettling experience, with the skulls and the bones all around and even two desiccated corpses — one of them a child — displayed in a glass cabinet for those drawn to such things.
‘Better is the day of death than the day of birth’ is amongst the messages scrawled on the chapel ceiling, doing little to lighten the mood. Death hangs heavy in the air and visitors often get the sense that they’re being watched.
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