Monday, 21 August 2017

Capuchin Crypt Rome Is a Must See In Rome

Having just come back from Rome I can safefully say that travel really does broaden the mind and heighten the senses , and I'm thirsty for more travel. I think next I would really like to go to California I've always loved the USA and have been 6 times , 4 times to Florida and once to Washington D.C. We've also visited Berlin and Amsterdam but Rome has always been in our hearts.

We visited many many places in Rome and we were there a week and I can honestly say there is still loads to see.

We tried last minute to see one of the many Catacombs of Rome, but we were to late in booking anything a good compromise was the Capuchin Crypt. The crypt of bones is composed of six rooms beneath a chapel. There are about 4,00 Capuchin monk's bones decorating the rooms in all manner of intricate patterns covering the walls and ceilings of the crypt. There are even bone chandeliers hanging above you as you walk through.All manner of bones are nailed to the walls , many are stacked and some of the skeletons are in the robes of their order .Bones were nailed to the walls, some stacked, and some friars’ skeletons were in one piece under their robes. 

Some of the other rooms also had burial sites with monks laid to rest in peace beneath the Earth’s soil. The six rooms are Crypt of the Resurrection, The Mass Chapel, Crypt of the Skulls, Crypt of the Pelvis, Crypt of the Leg Bones and Thigh Bones, and Crypt of the Three Skeletons. Each is the rooms are imactely organised if you can say that about a room of bones . The rooms are very neatly organised and well maintained, it really is most impressive.Some of the skeletons are standing or lying down it was astonishing to look at them because you knew that once they were a living soul. Some of the skeletons are wearing their friar robes, their skeletal bodies don't look gloomy at all . You must have your shoulders covered and you must  respectful as this is a holy place.

The Capuchin Crypt is not macabre far from it it us a reminder life is fleeting and you're reminded of your own mortality. As a family we were not creeped out at all find it creepy we all understood the message that the crypt was conveying. Yes there is a souvenir shop with everything from mugs to postcards.

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