Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa, Milan

4.5
Hidden just steps away from the massive crowds flocking to the Duomo, Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa boasts an impressive bone chapel. The side chapel, adjacent to the church, was built in 1210 to house the bones of individuals when the next-door cemetery ran out of space. The main church was added later, in 1269, and a larger church was erected from its remains after a devastating fire in the 18th century. Now, curious visitors can explore this church and its famous ossuary chapel, much of which is decorated in the Rococo style. See Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa and all Milan has to offer by arranging your trip with our Milan tour planner.
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  • The ossuary is outwordly. The small sanctuary with high walls coverded with human bones takes you somewhere else. It is cold and there is a unique light smell in it. I was deffinetly not prepared for....  more »
  • This is not the big church but the smaller sanctuary in the building on your left as you look at the big church. It is small and quiet and meditative to stare at walls full of bones and skulls of...  more »
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  • A special one-off church which is both very pretty and spooky at the same time. The main Chapel area is very pretty and if you turn right from the entrance you will enter the bones part of the church. This is very special, no entry fee but a donation box. Only issue is the area around the church has quite a lot of homeless around it who are quite persistent.
  • This place is one of those hidden gems you can find in Milano if you're one of those explorers. The uniqueness is the decorations of real human bones on the walls, there's an eery feeling to it when you enter. It's also a place that's not difficult to find, next to it there's a beautiful church you can also visit (no bones included)
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