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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 #30 of 140 Attractions in Palermo
Type: Cemeteries, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Visit, if you dare, this web of spooky subterranean passages where...
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Type: Cemeteries, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 12:00 am
3:00 pm - 12:30 am
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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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

So very interesting! O good history lesson but ever so chilling! artistic bones is not something i thought i would experience but wow. very good but very odd, worth a visit.

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Weston, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

So this is not something you see every day. Tons of skeletons - some more intact than others. Worth visiting with a guide so you can understand the history, etc. - otherwise, well, you've seen one skeleton .... you've seen them all.

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Arlington Heights IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The crypt of the Capuchins is interesting but extremely creepy. Leave the kids at home! Seeing mummified bodies still in the clothing... well, not a sight to linger over.

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ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Being around all the corpses dressed and posed is a bit on the creepy side. But, one cannot help looking at all the bodies, dates, stories if any

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Darwin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

An amazing place and experience. Very weird to be amongst so many dead bodies. Wasn't sure what to expect and had seen no photos of this place before we arrived. It is very spacious so difficulty in confined space is not an issue. Interesting and worth the 3 euro to visit.

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miami
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I had never seen anything like this. Almost 8000 mummies in one place. It was very spooky but at the same time interesting. My children thought it was great too, they were scared but intrigued about how or why all those mummies were there. The entrance fee is 3 euros and children under 12 don't pay.

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Witney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We had seen reviews about the catacombs, but it really is something to see in person, not good for those who are easily scared not recommended for children, it's very creepy but fascinating.

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Nanaimo B.C.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

The Capuchin Catacombs display the mummified bodies of past church priests and friars of the Capuchin Monastery along with some of Palermo’s elite. The last interments at the Catacomb was made in the 1920’s and since that time it has been open for “display” The Catacombs are well laid out with well over 100 bodies either lying on concrete or... More 

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Staten Island, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

I did not go into the church and just glanced at the outside cemetery; however, I toured the entire catacombs that were available for view and it was quite interesting. The corpses are dressed up and hung from the walls. It is a small "exhibition" with catwalks for viewing; it is well lighted; notable in that apparently fresh flowers are... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 via mobile

The catacombs were an interesting place to visit, albeit a bit scary to see dead folks all around us. I think the authorities or management f the area can do better to maintain and preserve the bodies/skeletons in there. It would be a waste to see them deteriorating as there was poor checks on camera flash being used and it... More 

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