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The Capela dos Ossos (English: Chapel of Bones) is one of the best known monuments in 屴ora, Portugal. It is a small interior chapel located next to the entrance of the Church of St. Francis. The Chapel gets its name because the interior walls are covered and decorated with human skulls and bones.

The Capela dos Ossos was built in the 16th century by a Franciscan monk who, in the Counter-Reformation spirit of that era, wanted to prod his fellow brothers into contemplation and transmit the message of life being transitory, a very common spirituality theme summed up in the motto memento mori. This is clearly shown in the famous warning at the entrance N鏀 ossos que aqui estamos pelos vossos esperamos (We bones that here are, for yours await").

(Source: Wikipedia)

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