X-ray diffraction refinement of the crystal structure of eosphorite has been carried out with reference to the orthorhombic space group Cmca. The structure is similar to that previously described by Hanson (1960), but the standard deviations are improved. Optical absorption and photoluminescence have also been studied for this mineral. Two sharp emission lines, denoted as R[ and R2' superimposed to a broad band (630-750 nm) have been related to the presence of Cr3+ ions. The excitation spectrum of these emissions confirms that the absorption (excitation) bands centred at 431 nm and 585 are related to with 4A2 ~ 4T[ and 4A2 ~ 4T2 spin allowed transitions of this ion.