Chapel of Bones and Evora, Portugal, June 29, 2016

Today we rode the train to Evora!  Lots of recommendations for THE place to see a “Chapel of Bones”, so we went and toured the city!  Evora, inhabited since the Neolithic period, has numerous archaeological monuments from ancient peoples, Arabs and then the Romans.  It was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986. Below are the beautiful panoramic views from the top of the Cathedral!    Then we visited the Roman Temple of Diana in the center of historic Evora.  The initial temple was built around 1st century AD in honor of Augustus. We stopped for a refreshing lunch with lots of sangria!  Of course, it was delicious in the hot weather!  Afterwards we resumed our tour of the city looking for the “Chapel of Bones”  Medieval walls dating from 14th to 17th centuries with a beautiful park following its length. Then another church!    

The Capela dos Ossos, “Chapel of Bones”, was built in the 16th century by a Franciscan monk, for contemplation about life being transitory.  The Chapel is 18 by 11 meters and contains about 5000 skeletons.  Then we visited their artistry and Nativity set museum. At the end of this long day, it was definitely time for a glass of wine!

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