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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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Unsettling, Chilling, Symbolizing the Brevity of Life

My wife and I sailed on Holland America Eurodam for our first Western Mediterranean cruise. The second port Palermo is located in the northwest of the island of Sicily. One of my... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Conwy, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

This is not the place for the faint-hearted. The catacombs contain a naturally occurring substance that mummifies bodies so the Palermitans deposited their dead on shelves and on walls. The area is divided into sections for nobility, priests, families etc. and includes the skeletons of several children. It certainly makes an impact and reminds the visitor of his own mortality... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Very different from other burial spots around the world. It's divided into sections that makes it unique e.g. Male v Female. Virgins v Priests. It's quote haunting.

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Silverstone, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

The history is very interesting, the way it has preserved over time is fascinating and the way they are grouped. I'd say worth a visit and only a few euro to get in. However, it is a place full of dead bodies, adult, children and babies so might not be for everyone.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

My wife and I sailed on Holland America Eurodam for our first Western Mediterranean cruise. The second port Palermo is located in the northwest of the island of Sicily. One of my main objectives was to visit the Catacombs of the Capuchins to see 8,000 mummified monks. Our taxi driver ‘Vincenzo’ was our tour guide and made arrangements for us... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

I toured the catacombs because it looked really interesting, but I did not like it. Not because it wasn't interesting, presented well, or historical, I just didn't like seeing dead corpses. They are in various forms of dress according to when they died, some are more "rotted" then others, some looked like they were falling apart, I love science, anatomy,... More 

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Kfar Saba, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Incredible collection of real bodies. It is worth a visit in order to lear how they used to trat bodies 400 years ago

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

The best place to visit in Palermo. It will blow your mind, now I know how Tim burton makes all those animations. The inspiration is here. Fabrizio is also very nice and helpful person, you can ask him more about the history of the place

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 via mobile

If you're able, walk here as it gets very congested with traffic and you pass so many interesting places and buildings on the way. It cost 3 euros to get in and once in it takes your breath away. It's not scary just fascinating to see all the dead people in their original clothes. Never seen anything like it and... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Never seen anything like it in my life. Felt like visiting a Victorian freak show. It is a fascinating tour of hundreds of centuries old dressed corpuses in a variety of states of decay and should be experienced ONCE if you are not too prone to nightmares! The historic costumes are fascinating but its the corpses of fully dressed children... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

The reason I went to Palermo was to visit here after seeing a documentary on Rosalina Lombardo. It's a long walk and I would recommend a taxi for some. When we arrived they were closed for lunch and there is not much in the area to eat/drink, they have missed a trick here. The catacombs are interesting and the little... More 

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