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Visiting the unusual Bone Chapel at Evora in Alentejo, Portugal

Visiting the unusual Bone Chapel at Evora in Alentejo, PortugalScore 64%Score 64%

If you thought you’d seen everything in your life, then places like Evora in Portugal will make you think again! The 40,000 skeletons within Evora’s bone chapel welcome you, quite literally, with open arms. It’s a unique learning experience that our kids will never forget!

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Today’s route took us across country but with a new face in the van! As the kids are very taken with their new friends , we offered to take Libby and Rana to see the bone chapel at Evora whilst Den, Amber, Keir and Lottie headed up through the centre of Alentejo… Hoping to exchange stories, they’d headed up to grab some of the famous Alentejo cuisine enroute and perhaps see places along the coast…
WWe’d decided that a short trip was necessary via the A2 but that we’d hope to try and see places like Beja, Viano do Alentejo before arriving in Evora. Rising out of the Alentejo plains is the magnificent walled city of Evora, complete with more churches than you’d could ever need… Plus the amazing and perhaps once in a lifetime opportunity to see an ‘ossification chapel’… like Andalusia’s Nerja’s Caves or earlier in our trip by the PyrennesPic du Midi’….

 

It’s hard to convey in words just how amazing this experience was… and even better to share it with two kids who were enthralled from the moment they took their first glimpse inside the ossification chapel at Capel Dos Ossos!! Walking through doors that bear the title ‘ We, the bones that are here, await yours’! Some 5,000 bones have been preserved in history not out of some misguided needs, but more pragmatic ones!! The graveyards within the walled city were full and where do you put the bones of those who die… a difficult problem, with a unique solution!!

 

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But Evora is much more than just this chapel, so we set off on our bikes to discover as much as time would allow… Flying down the steeply sloping streets, down impossibly narrow alleys to find the other highlights of Evora! The city dates back to Roman times and flourished through the Middle Ages as a centre of learning and the arts!

 

 

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Richard

Ever wanted to pack your bags, just jump in a motorhome and go off and explore Europe as a family? Well, that’s exactly what my family has done since September 2015. Visiting 35 European countries, travelling over 54,000 miles and grabbing over 450 family experiences on the way… enjoying Bobsleigh in Norway, Climbing into Mt Etna in Sicily or Kayaking the River Dordogne.

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