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Discover Faro: The Chapel Of Bones

Okay, this isn’t for the fainthearted. This is what new experience we discovered for you to do in Faro, Portugal.

The Capela dos Ossos

The English definition for this monument is, ‘The Chapel of Bones’ and can be found in Évora. I bet you are wondering why this chapel has such a terrifying name? Well… the walls within the monument are covered and decorated with human bones and skulls!

After researching the ultimate thing to do in Faro we came across this review on the monument…

“With its big windows and light-filled sanctuary, the ossuary in Faro may be one of the cheeriest buildings made of human bones you’ll encounter.” (

The Capela dos Ossos was built in the 16th Century by a Franciscan monk. When you enter the chapel you are confronted with a warning sign stating, “Nós ossos que aqui estamos pelos vossos esperamos”, which translates to “We bones that here are, for yours await”.

It doesn’t stop there, inside the Capela is a poem that hangs from a pillar that has been written for visitors to reflect upon their own existence. The poem translates to the below:

“Where are you going in such a hurry traveler?

Stop … do not proceed;

You have no greater concern,

Than this one: that on which you focus your sight.

Recall how many have passed from this world,

Reflect on your similar end,

There is good reason to reflect

If only all did the same.

Ponder, you so influenced by fate,

Among the many concerns of the world,

So little do you reflect on death;

If by chance you glance at this place,

Stop … for the sake of your journey,

The more you pause, the further on your journey you will be.”

From all of the reviews noted on this boney chapel, the conclusion is that the monument is a magical but spooky, one-of-a-kind must see and one that has been added to’s bucket list. 

If you dare to visit this iconic destination, we have a flight available from Bristol to Faro for £120 :