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Purgatorio ad Arco

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Address: Via dei Tribunali, 39, 80138, Naples, Italy
Phone Number: 081 298791

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Very interesting church with a very interesting past. Well worth the hour you will spend in here. We did not have a guide in English but thy do offer a sheet of paper that gives... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2016
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016 via mobile

Very interesting church with a very interesting past. Well worth the hour you will spend in here. We did not have a guide in English but thy do offer a sheet of paper that gives you an idea what was going on.

Thank HowieEmbry
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

One of the many churches in Naples you would think. Until you see the skulls on the metal fence and enter the church. It was the centre of a morbid cult in which followers adopted skulls and prayed for their souls. A guided tour (only in Italian, there is an English leaflet available) brings you underground to the lower church... More 

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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

Standard Italian church like so many, but an odd twist. The sect that worship there have a peculiar practice of "looking after" skulls of the dead, forging a link between this life and the afterlife. Bit like Marmite - you like it or you don't.

Thank sleepybexhill
San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

Ya gotta see it to believe it...truly fits in with all the fantasy, myth and ghost culture theta surrounds Napoli!

Thank Marlene Z
SF, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

The guided tour was available in English and was well worth the small fee, to see the basement below the church and what's behind the alter. Look for the brass skulls as you walk through old town.

Thank seafare74
Barcelona, España
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

We found this small church by coincidence, when we were just visiting the key sites at historic centre. It does not appear in standard touristic guides of Napoli but for us it was really a surprise. We took the guided tour in Italian with another Italian couple and we really enjoyed the explanation of our guide, an Art specialist. For... More 

Thank paquita373
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I was recommended this church by a hostel buddy. It was good, very different to other churches (as you can read in the other comments). I was a little let down. The tour (which cost €3 so it's not that big of a problem) was only given in Italian and seemed a bit rushed. English speakers were given an A3... More 

Thank Benji A
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 via mobile

Very interesting. 2 floors to the church. Have to pay for the tour to see the lower and more interesting purgatory level. Was 4 euros each, but well worth it. Very interesting and something i haven't seen before!

Thank Nick G
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

The upper church is beautiful in a Baroque way but it's down in the hypogeum that the real character of this place lies. The hypogeum was supposed to represent Purgatory and the skulls, along with the various offerings left with them, make this a fascinating insight into local views about death, the afterlife and their influence on daily life. The... More 

Thank KNM2012
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

The skulls outside the church are clues to what's inside. Naples' obsession with death thrives here. The church itself is beautiful enough but the subterraean Hypogeum is dark, morbid and sends shivers down your spines. There are shrines to adopted anonymous dead containing their skulls and bones, lovingly placed on embroidered cushions and surrounded by trinkets and gifts. This place... More 

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