Capuchin Crypt

“What you are now, we once were; what we are now, you shall be.”

Underneath this 17th Century church, Church of Our Lady of the Conception of the Capuchins, is an unusual catacomb featuring the skeletons of around 4,000 friars. Their bones are arranged throughout six chapels/crypts in lamps, sculptures and mosaic-like displays of flowers, geometric shapes, an hourglass, and various religious symbols.

The ossuary contains a crypt of skulls, a crypt of leg bones, and perhaps the oddest - a "crypt of pelvises." Mummified monks were dressed in friar's clothes and hung from the walls and ceiling. With the addition of electricity, light fixtures were incorporated into some of the hanging monks, bringing a new meaning to the phrase "the eternal light."

Capuchin Crypt
27 Via Vittorio Veneto
Roma, RM 00187 IT
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