This chapel of San Bernardino Church is decorated with skulls and bones. And what looks like a headless Christ.
In a days time, I will published a story of a Chapel in Poland with 24.000 skulls and skeletons. Images from that Roman Catholic site will be even more shocking.
Some Catholics might feel that Poland is not a proper mainstream Catholic nation. The homeland for Catholicism is surely not having such items.
San Bernardino alle Ossa in Milan has a chapel full of skulls and bones. And up on the wall you can also find a headless relic, that I suppose is the head of Christ.
The official story is that in 1210, when an adjacent cemetery ran out of space, a room was built to hold bones.
A church was attached in 1269. Renovated in 1679, it was destroyed by a fire in 1712. A new bigger church was then attached to the older one and dedicated to Saint Bernardino of Siena. Niches and doors are decorated with bones, in Roccoco style.
There is supposed to be 3.000 skulls and bones in this chapel in Milano.
This is information from web site with information from Milan:
In the high fashion capital that is Milan, you might not expect something as morbid as a bone church. But a few steps from the city’s famous Duomo is a church with a tiny chapel in the back that’s absolutely full of bones. The church of San Bernardino alle Ossa is unremarkable in most respects, but once you find the sign pointing you to the “ossario,” you’re in luck.
The footprint of the ossuary is incredibly small, but the ceiling soars overhead so there’s plenty of space on the high walls for the stacks of bones. For the most part, there’s nothing much that’s artistic about the displays – they’re essentially just carefully placed skulls and large bones. But in the two biggest wall panels, the large bones make up the background while the skulls are strategically arranged to make the symbol of the cross.
When I read this information and see these picture, there is one Bible verse that comes to my mind:
2 Thessalonians 2:11-13
For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.