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Purgatorio ad Arco

Via dei Tribunali, 39, 80138 Naples, Italy
081 298791
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Ranked #46 of 226 Attractions in Naples
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
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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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Gainsborough, United Kingdom
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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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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
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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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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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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

This church is a center for the unsanctioned Neapolitan cult of the dead. The interior has a number of great paintings and sculptures in the main church, but the real highlight is below. You pay 3 Euros, and, on the half-hour, you are given a guided tour of the crypt where the cult took place. The bones from paupers' burials... More

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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2011

Go downstairs. You will be amazed by the shrines.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2011

After we left the Duomo in Naples, we walked down Via dei Tribunali towards Piazza Dante. Along the way we stopped by a church called Chiesa Santa Maria delle Anime del Purgatorio ad Arco. Built by a congregation dedicated to praying for souls in purgatory in the 1600’s, this church had wonderful paintings and sculptures, but they did not allow... More

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