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They say when we die we will see a strong Light...there are even some stories from people that have been «in touch with death» that tell about their experience and they always speak about the strong light that apears and makes them fill in a extreme slightness state...

Well, being in the "Chapel of the bones", in Évora, surronded by the spiritual mood in this amazing chapel all covered with HUMAN bones, as you see in the image, and having this theme i post here, really gave me this mood on shooting this one...being there and watching this started to make my mind think about The Light..

This chapel was built by Franciscan monks in xv century, and has the bones of about 5,000 people. In its entrance (see my workshop) it has a inscription that says: “WE BONES THAT ARE HERE, FOR YOURS WILL WAIT”.. ;))) inspiring, hu??!

The entire interior of the place is stacked with leg bones, arm bones, and skulls. Besides the bodies of a man and a small child are suspended on its wall and have now several hundred years old, but there are still skin and shreds of clothing clinging to their pathetic frames.

The legend says that the man was a wife abuser, and his little son was just as disrespectful to his mother. The man finally beat his wife to death, but before she succumbed, she put a curse on her husband and child. She declared that they would soon follow her in death, but, since they were so evil, even Hell would not accept them. As she predicted, the pair soon died. When they were to be buried, the ground mysteriously turned hard as a rock, and their graves could not be dug. So, the monks took their bodies and put them on permanent display in the chapel, as a warning to other wife abusers and bad children.

Brrrr....if this isn´t macabre i don´t know what it is...
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ISO 800 (no flash used and no tripod), in order to use at least 1\30 speed since light levels were weak. croped, resized and sharpened a bit

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Additional Photos by Marco Neves (Eagle78) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 428 W: 23 N: 382] (1933)
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