The Chapel of Bones in the Portuguese city of Evora is decorated with 5,000 bones.
It was built in the 16th century on the initiative of three Franciscan friars.
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The purpose was to convey the message of the transience and fragility of human life.
This is the entrance to the Chapel of Bones.
And an inside view of the chapel.
Visitors stepping into the chapel are literally surrounded by bones.
The bones remind visitors of the inevitability of death.
Here is a wider view of the chapel wall.
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And a closeup of skulls adorning the chapel wall.
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Lines of skulls decorate its walls while a mix of arm bones and leg bones make up its columns.
A view of the ornate altar.
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A poem hanging from one of the columns reminds visitors of the need to stop and reflect on implications of our behavior during life.
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