Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones), Evora Portugal
It’s Halloween weekend, so bringing something slightly creepy seems appropriate. Reading about how this chapel came about is also unsettling!
Above the entranceway is engraved the following quote:
(We bones, lying here, for yours we wait)
Further inside there are more:
(Better is the day of death than the day of birth)
Make no mistake about it, this is a chapel that was purposely built to make a deathly point of view, very clear.
Facts about the Chapel of Bones:
Story behind the photograph from the chapel of bones:
Traveling Portugal was one of the highlights of my travels through Europe. It’s a pivotal link to many things on this journey, and a good place to start my overland phase of traveling.
I visited the chapel of bones with a fellow traveler at the time. Not an easy thing as he was more into the “cool look at the skulls” side of things. And I really wanted to know … why?
There’s a musty old smell about the place. And, at the time very few tourists were there. Which is a good thing, as the chapel is quite small.
When I took this photograph I never thought about putting any of my photographs online, nor publishing my journals online. This was of course, back in 2005.
Read more about Portugal here.
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