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Museum and Crypt of Capuchins, Rome

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
Museum and Crypt of Capuchins houses the remains of 3,700 friars of the Capuchin order. Explore the themed chapels, decorated with bones and skeletons from 1631 onward. Observe the many intricate patterns and images created from the remains. Learn more about the Capuchin religious order, and view a painting by Carvaggio, at the museum. Young children and the squeamish may want to skip this attraction. By using our Rome tour itinerary builder, you can arrange your visit to Museum and Crypt of Capuchins and other attractions in Rome.
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  • It is great, there’s a museum with some artwork and also clothes of capuchin monks, which leads to the capuchin crypt where you can find some sort of tomb decorated with human bones. You can also see....  more »
  • After being disappointed by the catacombs lack of skeletons, this place more than made up for it. You will be amazed at the artful reverence these men had for their fallen brothers as shown in how...  more »
  • Small and curious attraction in Rome which consists of a small museum about the religious order followed by a walk past 4 or 5 crypts which are stuffed with 4,700 artfully arranged bones of past friars - mostly row upon row of the same bone, but also whole dressed bodies - even some bones made into lampshades. Meant to remind you about the reality of life. Interesting if you have an hour to spare and aren't squeamish, otherwise fairly missable.
  • Not much can prepare you for what you will see. It's like the most morbid Halloween decorations, but it's all real. I left with a knot in my stomach. No photographs are allowed in the crypt and there a guard posted. The introductory museum adds required detailed, pause to read all the available information to get the proper context.
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