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“Gotta See This”

The Church of Immaculate Conception
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Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small-Group Walking Tour
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“Gotta See This”
Reviewed 15 October 2012

It's jaw dropping to see human bones placed in decorative motifs. Capuccian monks buried their dead and poor Romans in these crypts. Much thought was put towards the placement of the bones. Those touring with us spoke in hushed tones while viewing this.

Visited October 2012
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“A Truly Hidden Roman JEM!”
Reviewed 8 October 2012 via mobile

First up don't follow the map on tripadvisor as its in the wrong place (I'll try and get tripadvisor to fix it). In the meantime get off at the Barbarini metro station and when you see the road climbing and twisting to the right, look to the pavement on the right as the chapel is just slightly up on the hill.

You start at the museum of the monks relics which is nice and modern. But just when you think you are in another museum you come to the small caverns which have the bones of the monks placed to form religious symbols all over the walls and in a few caged crypts.

In the middle of those crypts there are a few skeletons of monks dressed in their robes with shallow graves of other monks; all encircled with bones of their fellow monks!! At first it looks slightly creepy but then after a bit you can't help but love the place.

To top it of pay a visit to the adjourning church beside (the main centre part was being restored when we visited). You are able to see a number of Alters on the left and a smaller chapel at the back. It's all very simplistic, especially when compared to the other grander churches in Rome which we felt helps make this place even more special!! In addition its hidden away from the main tourist stampede meaning no crowds and hordes of people taking photos of everything living and NOT!!

So make sure you pay a visit as you definitely won't be disappointed!!

Oh I should mention the opening times as I couldn't seem to find them online before we went. It's open from 9am-7pm with the last entry at 6:30pm.

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“Beautiful and a little creepy”
Reviewed 25 August 2012 via mobile

We were given the tip to visit this church by a friend and it turned out to be one of our highlights of Rome! It cost €6 each to enter and whilst this may initially seem a lot given that the museum and crypt are not large we felt it was well worth the money, particularly given that the money goes toward the work that the monks do. The museum was really informative about how the order originated and what they have done and continue to do now. The crypt was a fascinating insight into possibly a mad / genius mind. The time it would have taken and the imagination that was needed to create such a beautiful spectacle is awe inspiring. A truly beautiful and solemn place.

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“Gruesomely and fascinating look into a crazy capuccian monk's work”
Reviewed 27 July 2012 via mobile

The crypt offers a look into the arrangements of a cappucian monk's work with so many bones that your mind won't believe it.
Crazy as it is it's also mesmerizingly beautiful to behold.
The entry fee is a bit steep (6 euros) but still worth it.

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“Fascinating and macabre”
Reviewed 16 July 2012 via mobile

Quite a weird experience visiting the crypt and museum. The art of putting the bones together eclipses the reality and makes it fascinating. We visited early on Sunday morning and it was very quiet.

Well worth a visit.

Thank Stephenwr
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