Museum and Crypt of Capuchins, Rome

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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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  • Small museum, whose price is a hair high 7.5. Lasts about an hour. 2 parts avfc first an explanatory part of the capuchins, current of the Franciscans. Interesting The crypt is destabilizing, morbid and at the same time interesting. It's crazy everything that's done with bones. This commands a deep respect for those who have died, those who are mummifying. Remember the saying at the entrance. As you were to us; as we will be. Full of detail like hourglasses. Too bad for the lack of possible photos. unforgettable
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  • Went here for about an hour one day, entrance price was fair, we went round the Crypt part and there was a lot of pictures and bits of info on the way round, the Crypt itself was creepy, would like to...  more »
  • extremely fascinating place, some might call it lugubrious, grotesque, for me it was to say the least exciting, in so many senses. The museum part before the crypt is very interesting and well set up. The part of the crypt is unique and allows you to reflect a lot on the transience of life. Ticket price on average for other museums. To visit absolutely at least once.
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  • 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.
  • This is a beautiful place, and not the macabre spectacle of death some mistakenly believe. Before you visit the crypt, visit the museum with the available (and inexpensive) audio guide. In the museum, you will briefly learn about the spirituality of the Capuchin Order and their deep Christian faith in the resurrection. These men believed their lives in this world were fleeting, and they lived in anticipation of eternal life with Christ. Once you have a grasp of why they clung so loosely to the things of this world, the whole experience makes much more sense. I overheard outside tour guides trying to explain this place to tourists, and getting so much wrong. Save your money, and use the inexpensive audio guide instead. We loved our visit.
  • Rating the Crypt - 5 stars. Very unique. It's small, but amazing. Not sure if you can see anything like this anywhere else in the world. Creepy, yet amazing.
  • The artfully-displayed bones are the real attraction here. Unfortunately the museum exhibits and plaques hardly mention them, instead focusing on the (comparatively) mundane history of the building and the monks. The bones are worth seeing on their own
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