Chapel of Bones

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Praça Primeiro de Maio, Evora, Portugal

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OK, if you like that sort of thing Nov 27, 2010
Evora is possibly the finest large city in all Portugal. One of its better known attractions is the Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones) of St Francis Church. I went out of sheer curiosity for a look.

I can't say that I was particularly taken with it. According to the website the original inspiration of the chapel was that too much space in the city was being used for burials so it provided a chance for bringing all the human remains into one place. This was then used to make people contemplate death. Just in case you might be in danger of missing the point, a notice was painted onto an arch.

Nós ossos que aqui estamos, pelos vossos esperamos: "Our bones that are here wait for yours!"

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