Day of the Dead

In celebration of the Day of the Dead (Nov. 1), I figured I’d revisit some of the more morbid sights in Milan.

In Piazza Aquileia there is a small ossuary, withering from of years of exposure to the elements and pollution of Milan; it is very easily overlooked. The inscription overhead reads:

Cio’ che sarete voi noi siamo adesso.
Chi si scorda di noi scordo se stesso.

What you will become, we are now,
He who forgets us, forgets himself.

Cio' che sarete voi noi siamo adesso... (What you will become we are now...)

Ossuary, Milan


More bone chilling still is the church of San Bernardino alle Ossa whose ossuary walls and ceilings are covered with intricately arranged patterns made exclusively from the skulls and bones of the dead.

San Bernardino alle Ossa (photo by Rob Sheridan)

Happy Day of the Dead.

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2 Responses to Day of the Dead

  1. Claire says:

    Kim! San Bernardino sounds fascinating and very “bone chilling”!! I can’t imagine what resolve (and a little crazy) it took to construct this. Miss you girl!

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