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Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa

Via Carlo Giuseppe Merlo 4, 20122 Milan, Italy
+39 02 7602 3735
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San Bernardino is a medieval church built on an old cemetery site. Inside on the right there is an... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Milan, Italy
Very somber visit

Entering the ossuary is very humbling. You naturally lower your tone to a whisper and slow your... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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“main church” (8 reviews)
“bone chapel” (6 reviews)
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Via Carlo Giuseppe Merlo 4, 20122 Milan, Italy
+39 02 7602 3735
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Reviewed 1 week ago

San Bernardino is a medieval church built on an old cemetery site. Inside on the right there is an entire area with walls covered with bones, human bones. To say it, looks so weird, but in truth it is very impressive and not scary one....More

Thank Monicadelle
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Entering the ossuary is very humbling. You naturally lower your tone to a whisper and slow your movements. The amount of human remains is staggering. I couldn't begin to count the souls contained in the walls and ceiling. I suppose back then it was completely...More

Thank sashao208
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Spooky place! You literally feel goosebumps when entering the ossario - ossa means a bone. The walls are made entirely from human bones taken from a graveyard and placed in this church because during the plague so many people died that there was no place...More

Thank Olga S
Reviewed 4 October 2017

You will miss the small side church of bones if you don't turn right as soon as you go into the main church. Some one with an imagination must have done the bone arrangement which is quite artistic. The other part of the main church...More

Thank olie293
Reviewed 25 September 2017

The origins of the church date back to the 13th century, but it was rebuilt in the 18th century in Baroque and Rococo style. It is known for its ossuary chapel which walls are almost entirely covered with skulls and bones. They are believed to...More

Thank Borzov
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

A morbidly fascinating church filled with the bones of Milan's poor and criminal. Would definitely recommend going here and checking out the church's fascinating history and decor. It's really close to the duomo as well. Wouldn't recommend it for the squeamish or easily spooked or...More

Thank Jessica O
Reviewed 5 September 2017

It could be an interesting visit if your kids like mysteries and scary things. They will be impressed by the ossuary of the church, which is full of skulls and bones. It's not very far from the centre and i think it's worth a visit.

Thank torinaki
Reviewed 26 August 2017

Really fascinating room, full of skulls and bones, where the more you look, the more you see. Worth googling a bit to get some more information as there is little provided in the bone room itself. Definitely worth a short visit - the room is...More

Thank Becksem
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

Not far from the Duomo and worth a visit. The church is quite simple but the attraction is the chapel which is decorated with skull and bones of unknown people. Very artistically placed. Along one wall the skulls form a crucifix. In addition along the...More

Thank Byron R
Reviewed 12 August 2017

The room with the skelets is grand. It's free to visit but a guy there tries to lure you in giving one euro per person. I did not.

Thank Jurgen B
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Entrance is free like most of all small churches in Italy. Just hours are funny and not clear
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