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The Capela dos Ossos (Bone Chapel) and Igreja do Carmo, Faro

 

 

The Igreja do Carmo is as equally interesting, with an imposing baroque façade and a cooling interior of intricately carved altars. The Capela dos Ossos and Igreja do Carmo combine to form one of the best tourist attractions of Faro, and worthy of the short walk from the city centre.
This article will provide an image tour of the church and chapel, followed by tourist information.
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An Image tour of the Igreja do Carmo and the Capela dos Ossos

Tourist information for the Chapel of Bones Faro

The Capela dos Ossos is situated in the rear courtyard of the Igreja do Carmo and is entered through the main church. As the access to the chapel is via the church, it means that the opening hours are limited by mass and service times.

The Bone Chapel is open Monday to Friday 10:00-13:00 and 15:00-17:30, on Saturday it is only open 10:00-13:00 and the chapel is closed all day Sunday. The entrance fee is €2.00, and a typical visit lasts around 20 minutes. During the summer the Capela dos Ossos will have a steady flow of tourists and can get quite busy.

The Igreja do Carmo is to the north of Faro, and is a 7-minute walk from the harbour and Jardim Manuel Bivar. The exact GPS coordinates of the Igreja do Carmo are 37.01997, -7.93471.

Further information about the Capela dos Ossos

For visitors today, the bone chapel may appear as a very creepy attraction, but it was common practice for bones to be exhumed from graves. This was often a necessity due to limited suitable space for burial, and after a period of ten years, the bones would be exhumed and placed in tombs.

The macabre atmosphere of the chapel is often lessened by the sound of children playing in the church’s crèche and nursery, which is located directly behind the chapel.

The monks whose bones line the chapel walls were from the Carmelite order of monks and their place of worship was the Igreja do Carmo (Carmo is the Portuguese for Carmel).

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