Evora’s Capella dos Ossos is decorated with human bones and skulls
The Capela dos Ossos, or Chapel of Bones, is adorned with human bones and skulls from over 5,000 people. To create this macabre design, the bones were exhumed from overcrowded cemeteries in the 16th century. The monks were concerned with society’s values at the time - especially those of wealthy Évora. So, they displayed the remains in this way to encourage a reflection on mortality and the transience of material things.