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Capuchin Crypt

Via Vittorio Veneto 27, Rome 00187 Italy

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    5 Sep 25, 2013

    The Capuchin Crypt is a unique meditation on death constructed by the monks themselves, with the bones of their deceased brothers.

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    4 Mar 27, 2014

    This succession of rooms below the Chiesa di Santa Maria Immacolata at the base of the Via Veneto is one of Rome's best secrets. Capuchin monks unearthed the bones of 400 or so of their brethren and created this multi-room sculpture/meditation on the ephemeral nature of our earthly existence. Seeing pelvic bones arrayed in fan shapes and vertebrae in trailing borders is incredibly beautiful yet eerie.

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    4 Oct 25, 2013

    I've been to a number of catacombs in Italy. Capuchin Crypts simply refer to the crypts of a monastery. The Capuchin Crypts of Palermo are the most disturbing because the people are dressed in their Sunday best on the wall. The catacombs of San Sebastian are more like a unique cave network.

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    Erin K
    4 Oct 22, 2013

    I feel kind of weird saying this place is beautiful, but in a way it truly is - the bones are displayed in such unique, intricate patterns that it almost feels like art. Then you realize exactly what you're looking at and it becomes a little creepy. I thought the Crypt of the Leg Bones and Thigh Bones (real name) the most interesting, while the Crypt of the Three Skeletons thoroughly weirded me out.

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    Jaime Henion
    4 Oct 02, 2012

    If you are looking for bones, and lots of them, visit Capuchin Crypt. There are artfully arranged skeletons covering the walls and ceilings of this small church basement. It is definitely an eerie place where thousands of skeletal remains have been turned into decor. The entrance price is 6 euro and the walk goes by pretty quickly, which is fine with me - I wouldn't want to be this close to skulls and such for much longer anyway!

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    5 Sep 10, 2012

    The Capuchin Crypt is the creepiest thing I have ever visited. Running out of burial space, the monks started to use the bones of the deceased as decoration. Each alcove has a different theme—one might be skulls, while another ribs and shoulder blades. It's still a bit hard to believe those are all human remains.

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    Shannon McNeil
    5 Aug 27, 2012

    This is one of Rome's less touristy, but no less worthwhile site. The entire chapel is made from various parts of Monk skeletons... from a hip bone chandelier to a femur photo frame. A can't miss in my book!

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    Leonard Amaral
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    I was spending an afternoon walking around Rome when I came across this place and I sure am glad that I did. I find this sort of thing fascinating, so I had to go in. I was not disappointed. It's beautiful, creepy, unnerving and awesome. Really, it's amazing how much awesomeness is packed into such a small space. I wish I could have taken photos, but they don't allow it.

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    Victoria Paul
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Really cool (and really creepy) place to check out if you're exploring one afternoon. Just off the Barberini metro stop, this tiny chapel is open to the public for a 'donation' of your choice. There are three small rooms within the chapel, and each is decorated with human bones (the remains of Capuchin monks, dug up by a later generation). There is an interesting story behind it and it's worth reading up on before you go! Not super well known, so it's easy to visit in 30-40 minutes. They do close for lunch, so check hours before visiting. Not like anything else I know in Rome!

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    Stephanie Millner
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    The photo associated with this title is incorrect. The Cripta dei Cappuccini is in via Veneto off of Piazza Barberini. And it's totally awesome. Go - it's worth the €1. If I said any more, it would ruin the surprise.

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The Capuchin Crypt is a small space comprising several tiny chapels located beneath the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini on the Via Veneto near Piazza Barberini in Rome, Italy. It contains the skeletal remains of 4,000 bodies believed to be Capuchin friars buried by their order. The Catholic order insists that the display is not meant to be macabre, but a silent reminder of the swift passage of life on Earth.
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