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* The Capuchin Crypt is a small space comprising several tiny chapels located beneath the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini on the Via Veneto near Piazza Barberini in Rome, Italy.  The church of the Capuchins was commissioned by Cardinal Antonio Barberini, a Capuchin friar, and built at the beginning of the 17th century.

* It is the final resting place for over 4,000 Capuchin monks, who died between 1528 and 1870, as well as several poor Romans. The soil in the crypt was brought from Jerusalem. Large numbers of the bones are nailed to the walls in intricate patterns, many are piled high among countless others, some hang from the ceiling as working light fixtures. There are six total rooms in the crypt, all but one featuring a unique display of human bones.  The displays each have significant but different religious symbolism or messages.

* Apparently the church itself has some beautiful paintings, but hey - after seeing St. Peter's we didn't decide to spend the time to go in.

* The church is on Via Veneto, which is a famous boulevard in Rome lined with exclusive shops and elegant restaurants and hotels.


Church photo,

LINKS:  (these open in a new window so you don't lose this site)
* Better photos of the crypts
Ornate building Via Veneto
Detail at Villa Borghese Along Via Veneto
Monks Monks
Near the Barberini Metro Stop, at the Piazza Barberini

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