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“Fascinating history”

Museum and Crypt of Capuchins
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Ranked #176 of 1,968 things to do in Rome
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed February 8, 2013

Most end up here to see the bones and wonder why? It is a good question - result of oddball religious aberration. For me the bone 'exhibition' is of little interest. However, the permanent display outlining the history of the Capucins was excellent. It is well presented, excellently labelled and logically designed. The high religious aspects of the sect are explained without being too dogmatic whilst their social and humanitarian works are emphasised. There is a wonderful painting by Caravaggio too - worth a visit just for that.

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Reviewed January 31, 2013

My partner said he would like to see a crypt when in Rome, so before leaving i did a little research and read abit about the Capuchin Crypt. If im honest i didn't think it would be for me but as soon as i entered the crypt i was fascinated,
The crypt is under the Church of Santa Maria della Concezione so its best to look for the church when looking for the crypt.
There are six rooms in the crypt, five featuring displays of human bones, believed to have been taken from the bodies of 4,000 cappuchin monks the soil in here is from Jerusalem hence why all the monks wanted to be buried here.
Each room tells a story, who knew bones could be so eerie, yet pretty and tell a story of life, death and resurrection at the same time.
On a placard in the final room there is a message that reads "What you are now we used to be; what we are now you will be..." it sends a chill up your spine but not in a morbid way, it really is worth a visit.

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Reviewed January 28, 2013

The place is impeccable - I wonder who takes care of it..cleaning it all. It is out of the ordinary - if you have a few hours to kill - GO! but it's not on the top list.. it's hard to be since you are in ROME.

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Reviewed January 25, 2013

Our teenage boys really wanted to see a crypt and as this one was close to where we are staying we decided to take a look. What interested me more was the engaging museum which tells the story of the Cappuchin monks and the work they have done in helping others and their advancement across the world. The crypts themselves are a series of individual small rooms set in a row with the bones of more than 4,000 monks rearranged in a so called 'artistic' representation - a chandelier type of lamp, arranged in decorative ceiling patterns and full sized monks in robes. Room after room of rearranged bones - did very little for me and quite honestly it left me wondering how the church ever gave permission for this work to be carried out in the first place. I could not leave quick enough - disturbing.

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Reviewed January 17, 2013

This was one of my highlights of Rome. It has a beauty of its own, more so because the beauty comes from bones. The displays are riveting. Of special interest was the history of the various monks in the display before entering the chapels. So much good was done by these men. This is place well worth finding and visiting.

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