The Church of Skulls

“It is not my intention to be fulsome, but I confess that I covet your skull.”
Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles 

Who says that skulls are only acceptable on Halloween? For the average person that means that there are so many days without skulls….

Celebrating Halloween as a lifestyle even follows me on trips. My sister and I have a tradition of doing ghost tours in the cities that we visit. There is nothing better than exploring a city at night and learning about its seedy side

In April 2018 I visited my sister in Milan, Italy where she was receiving training for her new job. When I learned that there was a chapel made of skulls I HAD to visit it.

The actual name of the church is the Church of S. Bernardino alle Ossa. It is believed that this church was built-in the 13th century with the bones of patients from a nearby hospital. Skulls encased over doors are believed to be those of executed prisoners.

It comes at no surprised that it is believed that the church is haunted. It is said that on All Soul’s Day (November 2) a girl appears and calls other skeletons to dance.

The chapel of skulls within the church is nice. When I visited there were other people inside and we were all quite. It was nice just to sit down and have a moment of silence. Skulls were everywhere and I couldn’t help but think about the lives these skulls had lived and also of the people who built the church and handled the skulls!

If you’re in Milan and looking for something unique to do I would suggest checking out this church of skulls.


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