FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Visit Chapel of the Bones in Evora, Portugal

by Debra Bokur

Jun 5, 2023

© Visit Alentejo

Daily

October might be the month of choice for spooky digs, but if you’re up for a site combining history and beauty with a few thousand spine-tingling details, add Chapel of the Bones (Capela dos Ossos) to your travel list. Located in Evora, southeast of Lisbon in Portugal’s Alentejo region, Chapel of the Bones is a tiny, ornate, 16th-century chapel holding more than 5,000 skulls and bones once belonging to monks.

The chapel itself is contained within the larger Church of São Francisco, a structure commissioned by two Portuguese kings: Dom João II and Dom Manuel I. Architectural details of

the church include a single nave and a ribbed, vaulted ceiling. Altogether, there are 12 chapels within. Decorations include a late Renaissance doorway with decorative features that change depending upon the point of view from which they’re viewed, as well as carved woodwork and azulejo tiles.

© Visit Alentejo

The bone details are embedded in the walls and ceiling of the chapel, and can also be seen in the stone columns. Two complete skeletons are also displayed. While recognized as the largest of this type of chapel, Evora’s Chapel of the Bones is actually one of six in the Algarve and Alentejo regions.

Others are located close by, including the Baroque-style Capela dos Ossos, located at Parish Church of Campo Maior. This church was constructed in 1776 following a devastating explosion in the powder magazine of the castle, killing more than two-thirds of the local population. The bones in this chapel belonged to the victims of the explosion.

Also close by is Capela dos Ossos de Monforte, the smallest bone chapel in Portugal and attached to the 18th-century Igreja Matriz de Monforte. Skulls are the theme here, including one displayed prominently above the chapel’s access door.

Introducing

FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Explore Excursions

#globility

Insta Feed

Global City Guidebook: Seoul

This exciting capital city fosters every aspect of the Korean Wave (hallyu), the worldwide fascination with Korean culture. Here visitors may immerse themselves in popular music and art as well as traditional culture, food, literature and language through festivals and events throughout the year. Tourists and business travelers alike find Seoul satisfies their every whim and need.

Sail to the Tropical Splendors of Tahiti and The Tuamotu Islands with Windstar Cruises

This November, Windstar Cruises celebrates more than 36 years in Tahiti with an itinerary taking guests to the clear waters of Tahiti and The Tuamotu Islands on a journey exploring Tahitian culture, the ecosystems of Fakarava, and the sunsets of Raiatea and Bora Bora. The 10-day sailing aboard Star Breeze, Nov. 18–28, departs from Papeete and ends in Papeete.

Slideshow
Jul 22, 2024

7 Reasons to Put Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on Your Travel List

It’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with us.

Global City Guidebook: Cappadocia

With a history stretching back millennia, Cappadocia encompasses a region of Anatolia in central Türkiye known for its magical landscapes, lovely valleys and underground cities. This region attracts tourists from around the world but is also known for its viticulture and history. Major cities Nevşehir and Kayseri (Caesarea) offer access to towns such as Göreme, Ürgüp, Uçhisar and Derinkuyu.

Welcome to Wyndham Monterrey Ambassador Centro

Wyndham Monterrey Ambassador Centro, operated by Aimbridge LATAM, opened its doors, welcoming guests to one of the most iconic and traditional properties in Monterrey, Nuevo León. Boasting 229 rooms and suites, the hotel, part of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, is ready for discerning travelers. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is the largest hotel franchise company in the world with approximately 9,100 hotels in more than 95 countries.

Global City Guidebook: Savannah

Savannah, Georgia, is known for its stunning parks, antebellum architecture, cobblestone squares, historic landmarks, spooky buildings and coastal location. Travelers from all over flock to the destination for beauty and fun.

eFlyer News
Jul 17, 2024

Pittsburgh International Airport Announces 15 New Stores

Pittsburgh International Airport announces another milestone as part of its ongoing modernization project. As the airport gears up for record-breaking travel and a new terminal, Pittsburgh International Airport also expands its stores and restaurants. Fifteen new concessions will grace the airport.

L’Ermitage: Your Beverly Hills Self-Care Haven

Nestled amidst the palm-lined boulevards of Beverly Hills, L'Ermitage exudes refined elegance and unparalleled service. This haven, a Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond and, most recently, Two Key MICHELIN Guide recipient, continues to captivate discerning travelers and Angelenos with its unwavering dedication to personalized hospitality and self-care.

eFlyer News
Jul 17, 2024

Avianca Adds Chicago–Bogotá Service

Avianca expands its ever-growing network of North American destinations with the launch of a new route connecting Bogotá (BOG) and Chicago (ORD). The route debuts Oct. 27.