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Purgatorio ad Arco

Address: Via dei Tribunali, 39, 80138 Naples, Italy
Phone Number: 081 298791
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Ranked #36 of 201 Attractions in Naples
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums

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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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9 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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133 reviews 133 reviews
57 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Went here after a visit to cimitero delle fontanelle (which is a must) ... And this really completed our insight into this fascinating practice of adopting and caring for unnamed remains. So strange to think that people (especially those with strong religious views) truly felt / feel this would bring them some kind of good fortune ... The whole experience... More 

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Retford, United Kingdom
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38 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

I would say its worth a look. Its about the ancient cult of the souls in Purgatory. There is a guided tour but it is in Italian, but that didn't bother us as your given a leaflet - a brief guide for visitors. It would have been nice to understand the tour guide all the same, as my Italian is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

This is the complex of the Church and hypogeum (which lies under the main church) - Santa Maria delle Anime del Purgatorio ad Arco. You can wonder around the main church for free but if you wish to see the most interesting bits, including a small museum you need to pay. If you find the sight of human remains creepy,... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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50 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

This was not a fan favorite in our group. We didn't even go downstairs to tour. Apparently the bronze skull outside is rubbed for "good luck" or something. If you're not impressed by Naples this won't help.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

They've removed a large number of the bones for 'cleaning', but have chosen to keep the tour of the lower church and museum open and charge you for it. You don't even get to keep the English tour sheet (tours are in Italian) for your 7 euros. Disappointing.

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Purgatorio ad A... C, Direttore at Purgatorio ad Arco, responded to this review

Dear, during the restoration works the bones were moved,cleaned and classified by anthropologists,because each restoration work needs scientific researches. After this researches each bone was put in the place where it belonged.Thanks to these restoration works the lower church was opened and the touristis can visit one of the most spectacular tour of Naples. The regular ticket costs 4€,whereas a... More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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130 attraction reviews
182 helpful votes 182 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

The outside of the church is marked with some bronze skulls, but inside more interesting features and storeys are waiting. For a little fee you can go down under the church to contemplate life after death. Without classes of schoolkids this is a fascinating tour with the storey of Lucia who died of TBC just before she was supposed to... More 

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