Fascinating bone chapels you can see in Europe
If you're into slightly morbid tourism, put these chapels on your must-see places
TRAVEL Bone chapels
The need to honor our dead is one of the strongest bonds we all, as humans, share. It's an integral part of all religions, which have developed different rituals to pay tribute to their loved ones' passing. Catholics have an intricate relationship with death and the afterlife, often placing emphasis on human mortality. Bone chapels and ossuaries do just that. In medieval and renaissance times, monks and friars around Europe built bone chapels to honor the dead and offer a place of prayer in which to meditate about the vanity of earthly life and their own transient nature.
Click through the gallery for a virtual tour of these eerie yet fascinating spaces.
LIFESTYLE Animal kingdom
CELEBRITY Celebrity deaths
HEALTH Middle age