DAY 5b

ÉVORA ~ Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones) (Alentejo, PRT)

Tuesday July 11th, 2017

TODAYS MILEAGE – 231 miles or 372 kilometres
TRIP MILEAGE – 12,731 miles or 20,489 kilometres

Undoubtably the highlight of Évora was the Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones), where you just have to see it for yourself to truly appreciate the site.

As the story goes during the 16th Century, the graveyards in √Čvora were overcrowded, so bones were exhumed to make way for new bodies to be buried. Over 5000 bones were respectfully cast into the cement and housed in this place of worship. Apparantly the exhumation aligned with the common beliefs of the era and followed the Counter-Reformation ideology that the bodies would be closer to God.

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