San Bernardino alle Ossa

Cemetery and Church in Milan

Milano Santuario Di San Bernardino Alle Ossa Interno Ossario
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San Bernardino alle Ossa is an unusual and eerie church in Milan renowned for its peculiar decoration, comprising a significant number of human skulls and bones.

The church’s history traces back to the year 1145 when a hospital and cemetery were established in close proximity to the Basilica of Santo Stefano Maggiore. The cemetery swiftly became crowded, necessitating the construction of a hall to gather the remains of the deceased. In 1269, the Basilica San Bernardino alle Ossa was erected adjacent to this hall.

The ossuary gained a reputation as a macabre yet intriguing place, featuring interior walls adorned with human bones and skulls. It bears a resemblance to the church in Rome known as Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini, known for its similar bone d├ęcor.

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Visiting San Bernardino alle Ossa


Monday to Friday: from 7:30 am until 12:00 pm (noon) and from 1 pm until 4 pm

Saturday and Sunday: from 7:30 am until 12:00 pm (noon).



Address: San Bernardino alle Ossa, Piazza Santo Stefano, Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy
Duration: 15 minutes

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