Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Carmo & Capela dos Ossos

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Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Carmo & Capela dos Ossos information

Location
Faro , Portugal
Address
Largo do Carmo
Prices
€3.50
Opening hours
10am-6.30pm Mon-Fri, 9.30am-1pm Sat, last admission 1hr before closing, mass 7pm Mon-Fri, 6pm Sat, 10am Sun
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This twin-towered baroque church was completed in 1719 under João V. The spectacular facade was completed after the 1755 earthquake. Brazilian gold paid for it, and the interior is gilded to the extreme. The numerous cherubs seem comparatively serious and sober, no doubt contemplating the ghoulish attraction behind the church: the 19th-century Capela dos Ossos, built from the bones and skulls of over 1000 monks as a blackly reverent reminder of earthly impermanence. It's quite a sight.