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Évora : 5

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: Helen : (ATM Helen is photographing in, Australia) on 19 February 2017 in Lifestyle & Culture.

One of the more extraordinary sights of Evora can be found in The Igreja Real de São Francisco or the Royal Church of St. Francis. The Capella dos Ossos or the Chapel of Bones was hidden away behind cemented walls and murals for centuries. The rediscovery of this ossuary chapel delivered a rather unwelcome surprise to the priests of the time.

Above the entry archway is inscribed, "Nós ossos que aqui estamos, pelos vossos esperamos" or "Our bones that are here wait for yours!"

"Inside, human bones and skulls completely cover the chapel's walls and pillars - the number of skeletons has been estimated at 5,000. Legend has it the bones come from soldiers of a major battle or plague victims, but in reality they are people from all walks of life who were buried in Evora's medieval cemeteries."

Source: Sacred Destinations

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Aigleloup from Rebecq, Belgium

Holà, l'endroit est assez lugubre avec tous ces crânes et tous ces os.

19 Feb 2017 10:43am

farNaaz50 from Gorgan, Iran

Very weird and very impressive .. I've read the description .. scary !!

19 Feb 2017 2:47pm

Devi from Chennai, India

What a macabre image here !!!!!

19 Feb 2017 3:21pm

franz from Baden, Austria

A most interesting and fascinating place indeed, and you're showing its details so well here.
I remember the inscription well; I felt quite touched when I read it.

19 Feb 2017 4:29pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

A surprising and incredible place! Photographed beautifully

19 Feb 2017 7:02pm

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19 Feb 2017 7:25pm

Philnz from Ngatea, New Zealand

Amazing, image. Almost made the hair on the back of my neck stand on end.

19 Feb 2017 9:09pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful frame, colors & lights!
wonderful details !!!!!!

19 Feb 2017 10:05pm

L'Angevine from Angers, France

bien recherché

20 Feb 2017 9:09am