Évora – Chapel of Bones

The 17th century Chapel of Bones (Capela dos Ossos), at the Royal Church of St Francis (Igreja Real de S Francisco) in Évora, Alentejo, Portugal (March 2016) © Rudolf Abraham

Évora, Alentejo, Portugal, Chapel of Bones, travel photography copyright Rudolf Abraham
Évora, Alentejo, Portugal © Rudolf Abraham
Chapel of the Bones (Capela dos Ossos),  Évora, Alentejo, Portugal © Rudolf Abraham
Évora, Alentejo, Portugal © Rudolf Abraham

An inscription above the entrance reads: Nos ossos que aqui estamos pelos vossos esperamos (‘We bones that are here, await yours’).

The historic centre of Évora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Shot on a recent visit to the Évora region to photograph traditional craftsmen.

Nikon D700 & 50/1.4 & 14-24/2.8

Photos copyright © Rudolf Abraham. All rights reserved. Images may not be copied, stored, distributed or published in any form without prior written permission from Rudolf Abraham.

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Photobooth Journal
8 years ago

That inscription is a very forceful memento mori. It is quite chilling, more so than the bones themselves.