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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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What a shame!

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... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

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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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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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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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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