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Catacombs of the Capuchins (Catacombe dei Cappuccini)

Piazza Cappuccini 1, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
091-212-117
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Ranked #33 of 155 attractions in Palermo
Type: Cemeteries, Historic Sites
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... more » 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. « less
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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

You will never have an experience like it. Once down the steps inside, you expect to see a few old well preserved bodies/skeletons, but you are quickly gobsmacked by the amount of them. Yes it's creep and at time a bit scary, but you get used to it and fortunately it doesn't smell down there. What's the most fascinating part... More

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Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The catacombs is full of mummified skeletons. The smell of embalming solution is throughout the catacombs. I felt nausea after the tour. We were there for about 20 minutes. That was to long. Families of. Mother, father, child were together, really creepy. You could still see their faces. Once is enough! There are hundred and row upon row of mummies... More

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Split, Croatia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

It is a bit difficult to get there by public transportation, and the visit was really rather short (20 minutes), but still worth a go. The entrance fee of 3 euros was well sšpent and of all the catacombs we have visited this one was the most impressive.

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Donadea, Kildare, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The catacombs are about a 30 minute walk from the city centre, I followed directions on my phone and it brought me down some pretty dodgy areas! It was €3 into the catacombs and I paid €2 for a booklet in English explaining somethings about them - a good idea as there is no information in English inside. It was... More

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Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The Catacombes is a strange place. The vast amount of dead bodies is quite overwhelming. There are rows of dead people lined up on the wall and coffins with one side missing so you can see inside. The worst bit was the dead children but the whole thing is just bizarre! Overall it was an interesting experience and I'd recommend... More

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Enschede, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

There are so many skeletons, it's unbelieveable. This place is unique so if you are in Palermo you should visit it. Never seen anything like this, it had something scary, sometimes funny but most of all impressive.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This was one of our favorite places. It's weird, creepy, unsettling, and gross, but still interesting. It took us a while to find it. We were on the hop-on, hop-off tour, and it doesn't stop very close. Even though it was a bit of a hike, it was well worth it. There are about 8000 skeletons/mummies here. The history behind... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Visited the catacombs as part of an organised trip booked on board the Costa Serena . Firstly the trip was enjoyable because of the catacombs . The trip did take the party to other places of interest a number of different churches etc but if churches are not really your thing then perhaps I would recommend that you go into... More

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Brixham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I was at first nervous thinking about this place but when inside everything seemed so normal. The status of being placed in the catacombes is a prestigious one, but it did seem intrusive peering at dead faces and clothes. I feel fine to have visited and although a personal choice, one that I found comforting as death is part of... More

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Farmington, CT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Worth a visit to see the unusual way the dead were interred for a long period. Originally begun as a means of interment of monks from that monastery, it became a status symbol for which relatives paid for care of the remains. The bodies are hung on the wall or placed lying down in niches. The effects of class and... More

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