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Reviewed 15 May 2013

In the crypt museum the bones of 4000 monks are arranges in a decorative manner. They had wall sconces, chandeliers, decorative wall scrolls, altars, all out of bones. Reverently creepy, but worth seeing.

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Reviewed 5 March 2013

The church itself was shut, but there is a new modern museum about the history of the Capuchin monks. The highlight of course are the totally bizarre crypts full of the bones of around 4000 monks. These bones are made into works of art, lampshades...nuts! Older less easily spooked kids will love it!

1  Thank debswestsussex
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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.

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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.

4  Thank Kieran M
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Reviewed 25 August 2012

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.

Thank Brendanandmerrisa
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