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Museum and Crypt of Capuchins
Ranked #176 of 2,034 things to do in Rome
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed October 9, 2013

This is one of the best stops in Rome, 5 euro entry is well worth it. The museum is small but very well put together. The crypt is not at all 'gruesome' just bizarre. I found myself contemplating the sanity of the creator rather than the meaning of life. All in all a fascinating insight.

Thank peterpiperpickedapec
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

Really interesting stop for those looking for something different than the standard tourist fare. The Capuchin Crypt is in the basement of the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini off of Via Veneto. The friars decided to build several altars using the bones of their departed brethren. What you are left with is several "rooms" of the most beautifully macabe religious art I have ever seen.

For a small fee, the tour is self paced and doesn't take more than 30-60 minutes. You start at the main level which houses a museum providing the back-story on the friary and features a host of religious relics. At the end you decend steps into the Crypt where you can marvel at the bone art. They ask that you don't take pictures but as long as you are discreet - they won't yell at you.

PROS:
- Quick tour
- Not your standard tourist fare

CONS:
- Raised Price
- Not for those who are squeamish

OVERALL: Totally worth a 30 minute stop!

Thank vcumonkeyman
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Reviewed October 6, 2013 via mobile

This is an interesting museum that explains a lot about the friars. The crypt was something i have never seen before and leaves you with thoughts of why these bones were displayed in this way. From an artistic standpoint it is very facinating. I definitely recommend this exhibit. It is approximately 200ft up via veneto on the right from the barberini metro.

Thank Mtorres15
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

The initial exhibition about the Capuchin friars was interesting and well laid-out, although some exhibits could do with a little more explanation. However, the highlight is the crypt, which is decorated with thousands of bones from the dead friars, mostly arranged in ornate patterns. I've visited the ossuary in Paris, and expected something similar; however, the artistic layout of the bones in this crypt is far more detailed. What is really creepy are the complete skeletons dressed as friars standing in each of the five chapels. By day this was creepy; if it had been dark outside I expect a number of people would be severely spooked!

Thank Antony B
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Reviewed October 5, 2013

Found on the Via V. Venteto off Barbarini Piazza (by Metro) this venue is affordable and interesting; takes about an hour to view; audio tours are available. Modest dress code is STRICTLY applied however, and last entry was at 4.30pm when we were there. I found it ghoulish but my 10 year old grandaugher was fascinated.

Thank georgiahay
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