Weekly Postcard: San Bernadino alle Ossa, Milan

Weekly Postcard / Photo Friday: a weekly post with a picture that I love, of a place that is worth highlighting.

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Weekly Postcard: San Bernardino alle Ossa, Milan.

This is one of my favorite secrets of Milan. Not far from the Duomo is a church named San Bernardino alle Ossa. It has an ossuary: a small chapel decorated with human bones. The church’s origins date to the 12th century, when a hospital and a cemetery were built in front of the basilica. In the 13th century a chamber was built to house bones from the cemetery.

How to get there

If you stand in front of the Duomo, you walk past it on the right hand side. You get to Piazza Fontana continue walking on a street called Piazza Fontana (diagonally to your right). You end up at the San Bernardino alle Ossa church. To visit the ossuary, enter the building left of the church, and follow the signs that say “ossario”. Entrance is free, but you can leave a donation.

What to do

Just marvel at the eerie sight of this ‘bone chapel’. The walls and parts of the ceiling are decorated with human skulls, femurs and other bones. More advice on what to do in Milan can be found on A Weekend in Milan.

– Irina

No rights can be derived from this post. I did my utmost best to ensure that prices and times are correct, yet errors happen and prices change.

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The walls are decorated with human bones.

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