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Capuchin Crypt

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Capuchin Crypt
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Bones nailed to the walls in ordered, skeletons hung from the ceiling and piles of human remains. Spooked yet?

Via Vittorio Veneto, 27, 00187 Roma, Italy
Entrance to the crypts and museum: €6

Note: Not to be confused with the Capuchin Catacombs in Palermo.

 

The Capuchin Crypt is located beneath the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini near Piazza Barberini in Rome. The crypt contains almost four thousand skeletons. Bones are nailed to the walls in ordered manners while others are piled in corners and even some are hung from the ceiling. These crypts are one of the most macabre sights in Europe even though the Catholic order insists that is meant to be a reminder of your own mortality and not to be seen in a “creepy” way. However, many describe their visit as morbid and the place as one of the most revolting things they have seen in their lifetime.

 

The skeletons in the crypts belong mostly to deceased friars and the soil in the cryps were brought straight from Jerusalem in the 17th century. The first bodies were brought here in 1631 by monks who had moved from their old monastery. The longest-buried monk was exhumed to make space for new bodies.

 

The crypt is divided into six rooms: The Crypt of Resurrection, which features a picture of Jesus framed by bones. The Crypt of Three Skeletons, the Crypt of Skulls, the Crypt of Leg and Thigh Bones, the Crypt of Pelvises and finally, the Mass Chapel, which does not contain any bones and is used for masses.



Opening hours

Monday - Sunday:
9:00 - 18:30

How to get there

Closest metro station: Repubblica

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