Portugal - Exploring Faro - The Chapel of the Bones

We visited one final site in Faro, Portugal but I thought it best to include it in a separate post since some of the pictures below are a bit disturbing (if death and skeletons bother you, don't scroll down).  We visited the Chapel of the Bones (Capelo dos Ossos) in Igreja do Carmo, the big church on the square.  
We wandered past a grand altar into an unassuming side room where we paid a1 euro per person admission fee to see the chapel.
We stepped outside into a quiet courtyard and then into the Bones Chapel on the other side.
The chapel was built almost entirely from the remains of former monks and was meant to serve as a reminder of our own mortality.  I've never seen a 'real' human skeleton before and it was amazing to see the bones bear the weight of the church structure.  I've never seen anything like it before and it was definitely humbling.  Scroll down to see a slideshow of the close-up pictures that we took.  We could actually reach out and respectfully touch the bones that had found their final resting place here.
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