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Purgatorio ad Arco

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Address: Via dei Tribunali, 39, 80138 Naples, Italy
Phone Number: 081 298791
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I was recommended this church by a hostel buddy. It was good, very different to other churches (as you can read in the other comments). I was a little let down. The tour (which... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I was recommended this church by a hostel buddy. It was good, very different to other churches (as you can read in the other comments). I was a little let down. The tour (which cost €3 so it's not that big of a problem) was only given in Italian and seemed a bit rushed. English speakers were given an A3... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Very interesting. 2 floors to the church. Have to pay for the tour to see the lower and more interesting purgatory level. Was 4 euros each, but well worth it. Very interesting and something i haven't seen before!

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

The upper church is beautiful in a Baroque way but it's down in the hypogeum that the real character of this place lies. The hypogeum was supposed to represent Purgatory and the skulls, along with the various offerings left with them, make this a fascinating insight into local views about death, the afterlife and their influence on daily life. The... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

The skulls outside the church are clues to what's inside. Naples' obsession with death thrives here. The church itself is beautiful enough but the subterraean Hypogeum is dark, morbid and sends shivers down your spines. There are shrines to adopted anonymous dead containing their skulls and bones, lovingly placed on embroidered cushions and surrounded by trinkets and gifts. This place... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I read a lot of positive reviews about this place and it did seem quite interesting. It was a lovely testament to the practices and history of the local neopolitan people. I'm saddened to give such a low score but my experience with this place was completely ruined by the tour provided. Only a brief sheet of information was supplied... More 

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Belgrade, Serbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This church was built in 17th century in Naples' Via dei Tribunali. Its interior doesn't imply on whats in the subterranean level, it just looks like a regular Baroque church as any other in Italy. Except for the metal skulls placed at the entrance, you have no idea what is waiting inside. When you go down the stairs, a huge... More 

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Brazil
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Total waste of time and money. It's not worth it.The whole attraction takes about 10 minutes. It's a cemetery, that's all, some bodies are burried there.

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Navan, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

It was recommended that we visit this strange Church when we were in Naples recently. Apparently it has passed into private ownership many years ago since the Vatican decided there was no purgatory any more. It relies purely on visitor and tourist fees and donations. The remains of both the wealthy and others are on view. The Tour guide tells... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

A fascinating visit, both to the museum section behind the altar, and to the crypt and even lower areas beneath the church. If you go on the visit, hidden behind the altar is your first skull - which has wings, aspiring to Santa Maria where she flies in the painting above it. Then, below the church are niches with carefully... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I'd heard about this church on 'Cities of the Underworld' on the History Channel and simply stumbled across it during one of my walks around the historic centre. I was lucky enough to tag along on the tour - which is in Italian but you have to take the tour to see the hypogeum (aka crypt). The sight of St.... More 

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Address: Via dei Tribunali, 39, 80138 Naples, Italy
Phone Number: 081 298791
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Campania  >  Province of Naples  >  Naples

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