An ossuary is a chest, building, well, or site made to serve as the final resting place of human skeletal remains.

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios Nea Moni
Funerary and memory sites of the First World War "The remains of unidentified soldiers are sometimes grouped together in ossuaries." (crit iii)
Gusuku of Ryukyu Tamaudun, royal tomb, according to Ryukyuan tradition, the royal remains would only be kept in central compartment for a limited time, after which the bones were washed and entombed in the north and south compartments - so technically it is also an ossuary.
Lima Monastery of San Francisco
Meteora At Great Meteoron Monastery
Mount Athos In the Prodomos
Naples Cimitero delle Fontanelle
Necropolis of Bet She'arim "There's plenty of light and height in most of the areas, and temperatures inside are comfortable, making it easy to spend a few hours gazing at the sheer variety of impressive ossuaries, tunnels, inscriptions and symbolic decorations."
Oporto Igreja de Sao Francisco
Rome Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini
Saint Catherine Area Chapel of St Tryphon
Salvador de Bahia The Dominican and Franciscan churches have subterranean ossuaries
Silk Roads Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor Ceramic chest found at Burana
Syracuse Under the church of San Filippo Apostolo there is a crypt with an ossuary.
Venice and its Lagoon Isola Sant'Ariano


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