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Catacombs of the Capuchins (Catacombe dei Cappuccini)

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Address: Piazza Cappuccini 1, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: 091-212-117
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Description: Visit, if you dare, this web of spooky subterranean passages where 8,000...
Visit, if you dare, this web of spooky subterranean passages where 8,000 of Palermo's mummified dead will greet you; some dating back over 500 years and still dressed in their absolute best.
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Eery and fascinating.

This is probably one of the spookiest sights I've seen and unlike any catacombs Ive been too. There are hundreds of skeletons in various states of preservation all still dressed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This is probably one of the spookiest sights I've seen and unlike any catacombs Ive been too. There are hundreds of skeletons in various states of preservation all still dressed in clothes from the 17th 18th and 19th century. Its super eery and probably not for kids but it was an incredible glimpse back into history and a lot more... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I would not bring small kids to this place but many prove did. I am not a parent so cannot say how to deal. It is at least 1-3 bus changes from Palermo. The cemetery behind it is quit nice too. Still active so please note that people are still visiting their loved ones. The history and the catacombs are... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This is an interesting place to visit ! Entrance is only €3. It is somewhat macabre to see all the skeletons dressed in clothes. 20 minutes is enough time to walk around. Just outside the entrance to the right is an unsigned entrance, and if you go through here you will find toilets.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

When we first read up about going here I must admit was a little bit worried, but there really was no need to be. It cost 4 euros each to get in, there is a free guided tour but it is worth just buying the small book for a further five euros and just wander through yourself. It is really... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

One of the objects in which not all the tourists would like to go. If you want to feel the impermanence of life and death beside myself - visit. Do not take pictures and record videos. But do not. Religious and other human remains relatively well preserved. It's hard to find parking covering the day, but here undocumented local service... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

A unique place to visit, but better without children :) For only 3 euros you can see thousands of mummies and corpses. The oldest are from 16th century, usualy monks and priests (capuchin monks are shown with ropes on their necks), mummies from 19th century are often rich local citizens or their children. Most famous mummy is two years old... More 

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Bad Ems, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

These catacombs are not for those who can not look at dead bodies - here you find hundreds of corpses, from the 1600s to early 20th century, some of them well conserved, some just with skeleton left, dressed in the typical clothes of their times. It is spooky indeed, but for me it was one of the highlight of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is quite something! A mix of admiration and the spooky feeling of being at reaching distance from so many deceased individuals. Highly recommended and at walking distance from Cathedral.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

There are lots of skeletons around. A part was for executed criminals I guess. You can see the rope over their head & open mouth like screaming not to die.. Very interesting experience. You should definitely check if you are ok skeletons with old clothes

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Need to see this! It is a bit disturbing, but once you read about the medical advances this group of monks was responsible for it was incredible. The catacombs are a bit macabre, but when you understand it is a perspective of death, then it is really cool.

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