Skull Chapel, Milan
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When it came to decorating the chapel in the church of San Bernardino in Piazza Santo Stefano in Milan, the people responsible really used their heads. Well, other people's, to be exact. It's a tête à tête like nobody's business in there. There are over 3,000 skulls, tibias, femurs, and assorted bones assembled in intricate patterns all over the walls. Such is the abundance of bones that for centuries, the church has been popularly known as San Bernardino alle Ossa, or St. Bernard of the Bones. The chapel dates from 1695 when the skeletal remains appear to have been transported here from a number of suppressed cemeteries. Take a peek between 7.30am and 12noon, and then 1pm and 6pm, Monday to Friday, from 7.30am to 12.30 Saturday, and from 9.30am to noon on Sunday.

By Roberta Kedzierski, Milan

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