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Catacombs of the Capuchins (Catacombe dei Cappuccini)

Address: Piazza Cappuccini 1, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: 091-212-117
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Ranked #32 of 141 Attractions in Palermo
Type: Cemeteries, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: 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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Williamstown
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85 reviews 85 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Other cities have catacombs but most do not have bodies - these do. There are suppose to be 8000 bodies mummified by the monks. I did not count them but there were a lot!! It is a bit macabre so not for those with week stomachs or very young children. I found the attraction different and interesting. There is a... More

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Tallinn, Estonia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Palermo is full of amazing architecture so if you want to see a bit different thing, then these Catacombs are definitely a must see. We had a city map and we decided to walk there from Massimo theater ( we skipped the shortcut and went through some main street, passing Quattro Canti, Palermo Cathedral and few beautiful parks. Very easy... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

I used to live in Palermo and it was obligatory to take visitors to the Catacombs, everyone came away glad, for different reasons, that they had seen it. It is different than other Catacombs as there are actually preserved bodies that have decayed at varying degrees. You see them extremely up close so be prepared. I found myself looking more... More

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Darwin
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31 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Only a 3.5kmts walk from the port is this interesting is macabre catacombs. 8000 bodies hanging from the walls, adults, kids, hung there over centuries now in various stages of decay. Certainly interesting and well worth the only €3 admission.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

This is one of the strangest place's I have visited it has a very odd feel to it and I ended up thinking that maybe we should let the dead rest in peace and not turn their resting place into an attraction.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

All the other reviews sum it up....its probably like Marmite...every bodies reaction is different. We had seen it on TV and being in Sicily thought it might make a change from ruins , church art and volcanoes. Surprised at how busy with many tour groups !! People who run it are a little brusque and ensure no photos using system... More

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Sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Was a little wary about taking my 6 year old and was sure to check with her bt viewing some images prior to our visit. I think we all have some curiosity around death to varying degrees and this place offers something quite rare. We had visited catacombs of Naples but there were no bodies there. Here there are hundreds.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Probably not for everyone. The deceased are respectfully displayed and it is quite interesting to roam the corridors. Nearby outside there is a beautiful cemetery with gorgeous stonework to admire.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This place is dusty, dirty, and decaying. I don't know who runs it but they don't seem to be putting any money back into restoration or preservation. You might want to bring a hanky or flu mask because breathing the air in here is uncomfortable. I was afraid of catching a long-extinct deathly virus or toxic mold. We unknowingly arrived... More

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

If you think you have pretty much done castles, cathedrals, etc to bits and want an attraction with a difference then head for these catacombs. There are dead corpses of monks, the wealthy, children and more, in dusty old clothing either lying or standing (leaning) against the walls. There are skulls and bones to be seen everwhere. It certainly gives... More

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