Bone Chaple Portugal// Alexander McQueen for Halloween

We’ve had a chance to visit a couple of cities in Portugal. But, in the Halloween spirit, I invite you to go to Evora and visit St. Francis Church where you will find the Capela dos Ossos, or Bone Chapel.I remember exactly my feeling standing in the middle of Bone Chapel, looking around the walls, columns,and ceiling which are covered in human bones and skulls. It was creepy and scary. I got goosebumps and held my husband’s hand for the whole time. I felt sick after that. Sad!!!!The chapel was constructed back on the 16th century by Franciscan monks who wanted to remind men of their own mortality. No one knows who the bones belong to- apparently they were dug up from a local cemetery which was already old when the monks got to it with their shovels. The bones of about 5,000 people were used to make up the chapel. The chapel is not too far from the main plaza of Evora. These pictures do not do justice to the creepy feeling that I felt.

Inside the chapel. The walls, columns, ceiling which are covered in human bones and skulls. Some bones fell off of the columns.
Are you ready for Halloween? It’s one of the biggest holidays in America. I’m neutral about thisholiday, but my kids are excited and they want to decorate for Halloween this time. They already know what their costumes are. How about you?
Natalia Brilli bracelet, Disce Mori earrings.
Alexander McQueen ring.
The clutch of Anna dello Russo, credit to Garance Dore’.
Alexander McQueen fall 09, this look is perfect for Halloween..I think.
Wishing you all a fabulous day!!!
Thank you for reading, big hugs…Hanh;-)
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37 thoughts on “Bone Chaple Portugal// Alexander McQueen for Halloween

  1. I've seen photos of that church before, but your photos are awesome. I love personal travel photos. They make the destination more "real", if that makes any sense. The church is interesting, yet totally creepy. And, I agree. McQueen is perfect for Halloween.

  2. wow wow! the chapel is horribly amazing! :D

    This year, for halloween, I should have been lady gaga (the past I'd beeen amy winehouse! :P ) but then, with my friends, we decided to make the spice girls so I abandoned the gaga's inspiration costume! the pitty thing is that at least, we really don't know what to wear :(

  3. Beautiful pictures!! Very unique design but I feel bad for those people whose skulls and bones are still there after super long time since their death.. On a lighter note, thanks again Hanh for posting one-of-a-kind travel pics! If it weren't for your blog, I wouldn't even know these places exist..=)

  4. I'm amazed of what sometimes clerics think to send a message. Interesting to see it though.
    Unfortunately in my country there isn't Halloween, but I could definitely use all these great accessories, especially the clutch!!
    Happy Halloween!
    Kisses, Danae

  5. omg!
    hanh- this is quite interesting but
    scary as well. i want to see this place when i
    visit portugal.

    i haven't figured out yet of my halloween costume
    and for mr. freddy as well. or we might not wear any halloween
    costume. hopefully, we'll be in Key West for two weeks.

    have a good morning!

  6. omg!
    hanh- this is quite interesting but
    scary as well. i want to see this place when i
    visit portugal.

    i haven't figured out yet of my halloween costume
    and for mr. freddy as well. or we might not wear any halloween
    costume. hopefully, we'll be in Key West for two weeks.

    have a good morning!

  7. Wow that is so creepy! I instantly got chills when I saw the picture of the skulls lining the ceiling. I agree that this is a must see around this holiday, but I don't think I'll be seeing it. Pictures are enough for me- so creepy! Love that clutch!
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  8. This reminds me of when "Bodies" Exhibition was in town, and I happened to be in the car w/ my dad, and I was like "Oh I really want to go!" And he flipped out on me about it.
    When it comes to skulls and stuff, My 1st knee jerk is to think ooohh cool!!! but then when I stop & think: this chapel makes me sad & confused that a place of worship is made out of bones and skulls.
    That said I do like skulls, the decorative kind, but they're not something I'd ever own, so I have to admire them from afar.

  9. Great post referencing the church w/ McQueen… that costume would be very difficult to make! I initially wanted to do a look from McQueen's F/W show but I don't think most people would know what I am… so then I just decided to be Lady Gaga… which, as we know, everybody is going to be for Halloween… :(

  10. WOW! I have chills!!! This is solely one FABULOUS FASHIONABLY INTRIGUING post!
    Thank you for the history of Capela dos Ossos!:)
    xoxox,
    Gerri

  11. very interresting post!
    the chapel is amazing… the skulls are "impressionant"….
    And I looooove the Disce Mori earrings….

  12. Great post! I live in Portugal and i have already been here. It's really amazing and scary!Portugal is a nice country to visit. Cities and places like Évora, Lisbon, Oporto, Viana do Castelo, Gerês and also the south beaches in Algarve or Costa Alentejana. Kiss!

  13. Wow. I will definitely need to check out this Chapel the next time I go to Spain. Thanks for all the beautiful pics and fashion tips. Please keep posting :)

  14. Hi Hanh, I am horrified!! Unaware of the existence of this church, anguish. Nevertheless, it's great the Mcqueen Cluth. Perfect complements.

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