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The little town of Alcantarilha in the Algarve in southern Portugal is delightful and pretty and I shall show some other pictures of it later. But a rather surprising find is the Capela dos Ossos (or Chapel of Bones) which was built in the 16th Century and is annexed to the nave of the Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição in the centre of the town.

This tiny chapel, which is accessed directly from the roadway, measures no more than probably eight or ten feet in width, perhaps ten or twelve feet in depth and about eighteen or twenty feet in height but is lined entirely with human bones (mainly skulls and leg bones) which were retrieved from a local cemetery at the time of its building.

On the "beta" version of TE, you can see a LARGER VERSION of this picture.

Quite difficult to photograph due to limitations of space and the fact that a metal grille (with gaps just wide enough to allow a lens to pass) prevents access farther than about two feet from the road, this is a "vertical panorama" stitched from five separate images.

I've added as a workshop a closer view of the upper, more distant part of the chapel in which Christ on the Cross can be seen amidst some ancient skulls and bones.

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