Capuchin Monastery and Vault

Capuchin Monastery and Vault

Capuchin Monastery and Vault
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chimayred
Durham, NH2,522 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
small admission fee, a little hard to find; interesting history and interesting relics. I would definitely recommend this. Could be a little creepy for young kids what with a good number of dessicated mummies in crypts.
Written September 5, 2021
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK184,975 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This building used to belong to the order of Capuchin Monks, who also used it as a place of burial for themselves and some of their wealthy patrons. The dry and cool conditions caused many of the buried to dry out and become mummified. There’s no audio guide on offer, but the museum does provide written guides in a few languages, and I think all the rooms also had some description. At first it does feel a bit morbid looking at all those mummies, but you get used to it.

I enjoyed it for being such a unique museum and the museum for providing more than enough information about the background of the church and the deceased.
Written October 17, 2019
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Destination30123
Atlanta, Georgie /originally from Brno, Czech/1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Klaster Kapucinu or Capuchin Monastery is one of my favorite atractions in Brno. The atraction is not the monastery itself, but it's undeground with mummies. They are unlike others make by drying with air. The whole undergroud system of tunnels is build with ventilations holes which make the air constantly circuate and dry.
So you can see number of monks and nun mummies, among them mummy which is belived to burried alive /acording her body position/, mummy of Baron Trenk /famouse figure in Brno's mythology/ and other figures connected with Brno's history.
Written November 18, 2004
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TassieTravellers99
Launceston, Australia3,181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
This small monastic vault was a surprisingly interesting and incredibly moving experience. It was the highlight of our visit to Brno.
We were given an English translation sheet and diligently obeyed the silence request. It was a shame that the school group that followed us in was as noisy here as they were anywhere. The lack of respect annoyed us especially given they had teachers with them.
The first room showed two bodies that had been buried at the crypt and summarised the burial process. Basically bodies in the crypt decomposed naturally rather than needing a coffin. At first it was a bit macabre but we could appreciate the symbolism. Another chamber contained a specific collection of bodies including the best preserved and the oldest one which dated from around 1693.
There was an epitaph on the wall which when translated read "What you are we were, what we are you will become". It had great meaning and was backed up by a weeping angel. In the second last chamber were buried some of the benefactors of the monastery, and in the last one behind glass were the bodies of friars themselves. The burial technique was to bury them in a coffin, then remove and slide out the coffin leaving them resting on the ground with two bricks under their head. Apparently this way they could recycle the coffins as the monastery had been quite poor. It was both intriguing and ghastly the various facial expressions that the corpses had. It was an interesting and unique visit and left us with something to ponder.
Written August 23, 2014
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MAGA2020
18 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
This was a strange site. Lots of dead folks lying around. They all looked the same with skin still attached. Just odd from an American set of eyes. I couldn’t help but take shallow breaths not wanting to ingest any “whatever” was floating around in there. They might want to take the temperature down a few degrees. Very humid and stale. Doesn’t compare to the ossuary.
Written July 30, 2019
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Frank Anton
Oradea, Romania53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
I didn't know what title to give to this review. I felt a weird mix of feelings while walking around this crypt, because this is what it is. I was surrounded by mummified buddies in a sort of a creepy atmosphere, and I could almost feel the spirits around me in the cool place that practically led to the mummification of the buddies, at least this is what is written on the little info given when you enter. This visit made me understand even more how ephemeral we are, and how unimportant the material things are in this world of ours. However that material stuff helped me go to Brno, and discover such a spiritual place. I would say that it is quite unique that a collection of dead bodies in a very simple space can convey such an overwhelming feeling, at least to me.
Written May 13, 2017
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Dunja R
Novi Sad, Serbia6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
My boyfriend and I just stomped in there, having no idea what we were looking or what to expect, and it was fantastic. There was one lady who was buried alive, which you can see by the way her corpse is looking. If you don't like scary things don't go, but we had amazing time.
Written June 9, 2015
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TravellingDutchie
Redmond, WA213 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Solo
The crypt was a very interesting experience. The notables and Capuchin monks that were buried here mummified instead of decomposed, which makes the bodies extra interesting to look at. The lids of the coffins are all removed, and the last chamber (where the monks are buried) is definitely worth the visit. You pay a bit extra to be able to take pictures, and it's not easy to take those pictures because of the lighting and glass reflections, but it's still worth the 30 kr. Definitely worthwhile to visit, and I would come back again!
Written April 26, 2015
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tomasina d
Seattle, WA26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Business
Not many monasteries have mummies. I loved that it was something that made this place unique and worth going to. They have printed guides in English which really helps.
Written September 2, 2014
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sarahmary572
Gloucester, UK105 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Friends
Planned a visit here on a saturday morning - it is tucked away off the market square so you need to look hard for it , missed it on last visit! English seem not particularly welcome and when we asked if English spoken were met with an abrupt 'no' - we paid for 3 adults and received one tattered laminated copy of guide in English which we all had to huddle round and read as we progressed round the rooms.
Yes it is extraordinary to see the old townsfolk and monks preserved in full view - although fascinating there was something uncomfortable in viewing someone in their final rest - I am sure the local dignitaries did not ask to rest here to be put on show for the world to see. However there was something reassuring seeing the monks at rest as it seems a natural progression from their life in the Order above to be with their fellows at rest. Altogether a very though provoking experience
Do not bring children - for the family who brought a small child , shame on you , I hope this does not give them nightmares , it certainly made them scream and run around disrespectfully
Written November 18, 2013
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