Ossario di San Martino

Ossario di San Martino torre Ossuary Italy lake garda skeletons skull bones morbid urban explorations odd vanlife day trip onlylifeweknow

We have made some more morbid tourism. We visited two ossuaries in one day, they were very close to each other.

This small chapel, located near the Garda lake in Italy, is filled with at least 2000 bones and 1200 skulls from fallen soldiers.

Ossario di San Martino torre Ossuary Italy lake garda skeletons skull bones morbid urban explorations odd vanlife day trip onlylifeweknow

The chapel lays in a quiet place where there isn't much tourists. Because of that there's a good chance to have the whole place to you're self, just like we did.

Ossario di San Martino torre Ossuary Italy lake garda skeletons skull bones morbid urban explorations odd vanlife day trip onlylifeweknow

In the middle of the ossuaryther vas this bronze relief of Victory, the Italian goddess Victoria.

In 1859 the northern Italians had one of their bloodiest conflict during the second Italian war of independence.

Ossario di San Martino torre Ossuary Italy lake garda skeletons skull bones morbid urban explorations odd vanlife day trip onlylifeweknow

The ossario di San martino was originally built as an chapel but was later converted into an ossuary which opened in 1870. The bones was exhumed from the mass graves where soldiers from both sides were buried.

Now the bones and the skulls are displayed around the walls of the ossuary.

Near the ossuary is the Torre di San Martino, a memorial tower, erected to commemorate the memory of Vittorio Emanuele II and those who fought for Italy's unity. You can climb the tower to get a beautiful view.

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