Convento dei Cappuccini

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Rome , Italy
Via Vittorio Veneto 27
+390 6 487 11 85
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Metro: Barberini
adult/reduced €8/6, audioguide €4
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This church and convent complex has turned its extraordinary Capuchin cemetery into cash by adding a flashy museum and bumping up the entrance fee. However, it's still worth visiting what is possibly Rome's strangest sight: crypt chapels where everything from the picture frames to the light fittings is made of human bones. The multimedia museum tells the story of the Capuchin order of monks, including a work attributed to Caravaggio: St Francis in Meditation .

Between 1528 and 1870 the resident Capuchin monks used the bones of 4000 of their departed brothers to create this mesmerising, macabre memento mori (reminder of death). There’s an arch crafted from hundreds of skulls, vertebrae used as fleurs-de-lis and light fixtures made of femurs. Happy holidays!