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Welcome to Capela dos Ossos

Tuesday, 25 October 2011


Posted by Vale


An ossuary is a chest, building, well, or site made to serve as the final resting place of human skeletal remains.

These are photographs of the ossuary in the ancient town of Evora in Portugal. It is estimated to contains the remains of over 5000 people as well as two mummified corpses.

More information about the chapel and more photographs here.


3 comments on “Welcome to Capela dos Ossos

  1. Tuesday 25th October 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Great, look forward to it.

  2. Vale

    Tuesday 25th October 2011 at 7:24 pm

    The official answer is that they needed space in the burial grounds – but there’s clearly a lot more going on here.

    I’m posting more through the week – seems fitting with All Hallows only a few days away.

  3. Tuesday 25th October 2011 at 4:18 pm

    What an incredible place! Why did they build them? And why did they build them like that? Fascinating. Thanks Vale.

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