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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 143 Attractions in Palermo
Type: Cemeteries, Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Visit, if you dare, this web of spooky subterranean passages where...
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Type: Cemeteries, Historic Sites, Cultural
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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

We decided to visit this attraction in Palermo during our last holiday in Sicily in 2013. Admission is € 3 per person and during attraction visit is forbidden to take pictures and filming. Inside we saw a quantity of mummies which are kept there. It's a bit morbid, but very very interesting! I recommend just for adults. Children may be... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

Worth checking out. A tad off the beaten path if your on foot. From the cruise terminal, you will need a ride. 10 minute walk with Hop on Hop off bus. It's cheap to get in & takes about 45 minutes to walk through. NO PICTURES, AND THEY MEAN IT!! Its dad, creepy yet very cool and interesting.

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N Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

In my opinion this is the best attraction in Rome So informative and the crypt is surreal and mind blowing would not recommend for children as may give nightmares takes a minute or two to realize what you are looking at . Then it hits you WoW

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Leander, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

An eerie place, but one that must be seen to be appreciated. The skeletal remains of some 400 plus people reside here. Peacefully, staring back throught eyeless skulls at you, the tourist. It makes you want to sing "thigh bone connected to the hip bone." Respects to all who are currently here, it is as they say, a mirror of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

This is a most uncommon attraction, but fascinating for it. Including the fact that the last remains were placed here as late as 1920. It was originally intended for the Capuchin friars only but down the years it became prestigious for outsiders to be interred in the location. They are unique and an immense reminder of mortality. Corridors of thousands... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

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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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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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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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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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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