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Chiesa di Santa Maria del Suffragio detta del Purgatorio

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Via Nicodemo Argento 16 | 40°57'17.0n 17°10'24.0e, 70043, Monopoli, Italy
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was not expecting to see the bodies of previous inhabitants of the city, but there they were! The Baroque church itself is quite stunning, both inside and out.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank William H
Reviewed October 12, 2018

This church is not dedicated to suffering as I thought but the passage from life to death. The symbols of skulls nad skeletons on the entrance and the door are amazing. There is a small room on the left of the entrance high displays the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Barbara S
Reviewed August 10, 2018 via mobile

Church is very old and good looking outside. Inside You will find old monk’s mummies which is a bit creepy, but I don’t think so You will have a nightmares next night. I think is worth to take a look for snapshots and go further.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank qbsonik
Reviewed June 10, 2018

This small church majors on Momento Mori, having skeletons depicted in the doors, ceilings, walls and floors. For good measure there are mummies in white linen robes (? shrouds) with little black capes with red flames embroidered along the hems. Even the street takes part...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed February 19, 2018

Located on a small narrow street next to a large cathedral, this church attracts attention through it being cramped between other buildings. But if you look closely, there are also some skeletons on the entrance door, which hint to something - it's a church of...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed December 12, 2017

Just 50 meters from the cathedral, this small baroque church is full of curiosities... the Purgatory is represented by skulls and bones in the facade, but inside there are even stranger things as 7 mummies from the XVII and XVIII centuries! The man who guard...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed June 28, 2017

This place was intriguing but every time I went past it was closed. A very kind local man suggested I just go in the door that was open a crack- he came with me to explore this wonderful little church,Loved seeing this - but its...More

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed May 29, 2017

This is an interesting church with the mummified priests inside which is a little macabre but this is not the only one that has such a display.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Oldjack
Reviewed November 19, 2016

Yes it's true the mummified figures do appear macabre to some nationalities but to others this is their culture and must be respected. We found it mesmerising and couldn't stop staring because we had never seen anything like that. Very sad that one of them...More

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Karen W
Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

We passed by this place many times. At one point I noticed the sculls and sceletons on the door, then the actual sculls in the little chapel only to discover they were mummies later. Would really like to know why? The church itself is more...More

Date of experience: September 2016
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