The Capuchin Crypt, the bone chapel in Rome

La Cripta dei Frati Cappuccini, the bone chapel in Rome

 

A very special, but also eerie place in Rome is the Crypt of the Capuchin (Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini). The crypts are famous for the chapels full of bones and skulls.

Information about the Capuchin Crypt

address Via Vittorio Veneto 27, Rome
metro Barberini Metro Station (Line A)
Tickets
  • Regular tickets 8.50 euros
  • Up to 18 years and 65+ 5 euros
  • Audio guide 6 euros
  • Tour 35 euros. On this 1-hour tour, an English-speaking guide takes you through the museum and crypts one by one to learn about the history of the Capuchins in this crypt. Always book this tour in advance.
opening hours
  • Daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Closed on various public holidays

The Capuchin crypt

A very special, but also eerie place in Rome is Capuchin crypt. The Capuchins separated from the Franciscans in 1525 in order to live the spirit of Saint Francis more authentically and wanted to go back to basics.

They wore sockless sandals and a hooded tunic to cover their heads. The name of the Capuchins is derived from this cap.

La Cripta dei Frati Cappuccini

This crypt of “Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini“(Our Lady of the Conception of the Capuchins) was built between 1626 and 1631 by order of Pope Urban VIII, since his brother Antonio Barberini was a Capuchin brother.

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As a cardinal, Barberini had the remains of thousands of Capuchins excavated in Via dei Lucchesi Monastery and had their bones placed on the walls of the crypt like works of art and symbols.

After that, the brothers also began to donate their own bodies. The crypt now houses the remains of around 3,600 brothers who were buried between 1500 and 1870.

Are you visiting the Capuchin Crypt?

You will begin your visit with the Museum of the Capuchin Crypt. Here you can learn more about the history of the Capuchins and the crypts. This museum contains a work by Caravaggio with Saint Francis painted on it.

Then visit the crypt; This moderately lit crypt consists of five chapels, each adorned with bones, skulls, and sometimes even complete skeletons, and a boneless chapel with the altar.

You end the tour in the last chapel with the special message ‘Quello che voi siete noi eravamo, quello che noi siamo voi sarete‘(translated:’ Exactly what you are now, we were once, what we are now, you will. Then you can also visit the associated church ‘Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini’.


Video: La Cripta dei Frati Cappuccini


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