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Cimitero delle Fontanelle, Naples

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Cimitero delle Fontanelle is said to hold the remains of more than 8 million people. Many are from epidemics that ravaged the region in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. The vast number of pauper graves without names led to the creation of the Cult of Abandoned Souls, which cleaned, cared for, and prayed over the bones. This practice went on for 100 years but ceased in the late 1960s. With our online itinerary creator, Naples attractions like Cimitero delle Fontanelle can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Unique experience! Tender and disturbing at the same time. Worth to describe something of the history of the place. In the ancient area of Fountains of the popular quarter of health, just outside the historic walls of the city of Naples, there is a huge underground quarry of tufa, which since ancient times the Neapolitans quarried blocks of Tuff city building. But some historic health disasters such as the seventeenth-century epidemic of plague (which killed 400,000 Neapolitans) and the eighteenth-century epidemic of cholera, transformed those ancient rooms of drilling in a huge mass grave, where they were thrown, in emergency, bodies without name and without a funeral, only to be pressed with Earth and tuff from the so-called "schiattamuorti" (the gravediggers of the time) to avoid further contamination. It was in the twentieth century that a flood poured a series of bone remains in the streets of modern but rundown neighborhood of health; instead of scaring the locals, those remains unknown impietosirono the local parish and the women of the community, who, in an attempt to restore dignity to those souls wandering began to neatly tibias and skulls inside the quarry, which thus became a cemetery cared and attended by the new "cult of Capuzzelle". The faithful adopted one or more of those strange skulls, giving them a name or nickname, placing them into rudimentary shrines or altars, according to their economic possibilities, by rubbing them and filling them with small gifts in return for pardons and request protection for his family. Despite more hardships than this place, today the city of Naples keeps it clean and open for free to visitors, with two guardians available for tours. It is possible to gather in this place the delicacy of simple devotion and "pietas" popular. The throngs of bones and skulls neatly stacked, watch us calmly, as if the dark times were now gone and that their limbo between heaven and the subsoil has become a meeting and happy chatter between souls. in their orbits are empty, or on top of the skull there are copper coins that take away negative energies. Each has its own story; the most famous and loved of these skulls also have nametags and accompanying legend. In a wing of the large Quarry has even been created a space for plays and performances reminiscent of the "cult of Capuzzelle" and the history of the place, run by an Association of neighborhood health care. The place looks out of this world, but can be easily reached from the Centre of Naples with the efficient and beautiful Naples metro. The historic cemetery is quietly frequented by young people and children, since the gruesome aspects, no serenity in this extraordinary environment in which the inhabitants seem to have learned to live daily with death, by removing from their collective unconscious, those fears that hatch still in many of us strangers.
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  • This experience was impressive. It is a bit scary and weird for us as forgeiners to see the remains of approximately 40,000 people. But the overseers of this special graveyard will make a great effort to give you some background information.
  • Good. But a bit abandoned...
  • One of the most suggestive place in Naples.
  • Somewhat difficult to reach (no proper sign after Mater Dei underground exit and a long staircase downhill to a dead-end street in a valley), this cemetery is worth a quick visit to discover the haunting maze of caves and heaps of skulls stored here since XVII century.
  • Absolutely realistic definitely worth the visit!