São Francisco Catacombs Ossuary

São Francisco Catacombs Ossuary

I think the term ossuary somewhat flatters what we see here in the São Francisco Catacombs in Porto. This is more of a bone pit which looks like it has been cremated at least once.

This is where many of the hoi-polloi of Porto were interred, unlike their wealthier neighbours who had family tombs. This rather macabre scene can be viewed through a grill in the floor in the catacombs - it is something of a contrast to the sumptuous gold-gilded interior of São Francisco church next door.


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Porto is considered the capital of the north and as the second largest city in Portugal, rightfully so. There are really very few similarities between Porto and Lisbon – they are both near the coast, on the banks of large rivers and...