The Capuchin Crypt is a small area comprised of multiple small chapels situated beneath the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini on the Via Veneto near Piazza Barberini in Rome, Italy. It keeps the skeletal remains of 4,000 bodies thought to be Capuchin friars buried by their order. The Catholic order insists that the display is not supposed to be macabre, but a quiet reminder of the quick passage of life on Earth.
I was spending an afternoon walking around Rome when I came across this place and I sure am glad that I did. I find this sort of thing fascinating, so I had to go in. I was not disappointed. It's beautiful, creepy, unnerving and awesome. Really, it's amazing how much awesomeness is packed into such a small space. I wish I could have taken photos, but they don't allow it.
The Capuchin Crypt is the creepiest thing I have ever visited. Running out of burial space, the monks started to use the bones of the deceased as decoration. Each alcove has a different theme—one might be skulls, while another ribs and shoulder blades. It's still a bit hard to believe those are all human remains.
This is one of the most off the beaten track and unreal sights. You really feel alive when walking around the 1000's of skeletons of Capuchin monks. Exceptionally the one that states 'what you are now, we used to be. What we are now, you will become."
Unbelievably beautiful artistry with a most unexpected medium -- human bones. The shape and size of each bone in our structure is an art piece. The motifs in this crypt expand on this. If you are in Rome, here is a place to see.
It is also called the Notre Dame of Innocence or the Church of Bones, located on the famous Veneto Road in Rome, next to the Bee Fountain designed by Benigni. The Church is one of the ancestors of the Human Bone Church. It is said that the design inspiration of the Portuguese Human Bone Church came from it. In addition, it was built earlier than the Czech Human Bone Church. The Church of Bones is actually the underground catacomb of the church.
The photo associated with this title is incorrect. The Cripta dei Cappuccini is in via Veneto off of Piazza Barberini. And it's totally awesome. Go - it's worth the €1. If I said any more, it would ruin the surprise.
This is one of Rome's less touristy, but no less worthwhile site. The entire chapel is made from various parts of Monk skeletons... from a hip bone chandelier to a femur photo frame. A can't miss in my book!
A very interesting display of bones in an artistic format. Walk through different cells that use different parts of the body to create the artwork.
The basement of Skeleton Church is a work of art. Life and death are obvious in every corner. Basically, 3,000 monk bones are used to make these amazing exhibitions, and the monks dedicated to the monastery have faith because their bones are used to create this religious art.
The Capuchin Crypt is a unique meditation on death constructed by the monks themselves, with the bones of their deceased brothers.