Capuchin Crypt tickets let you explore the creepiest place on Earth containing the skeletal remains of 3700+ monks. Dating back to the 17th century, the Crypt is believed to be constructed in order to give a strong message that human life is relatively shorter compared to immortal time. Bones of 3700 capuchin friars were placed inside the crypt to showcase that whatever has a “life” will always leave as time stands still to witness once-beautiful humans turn to bones. Several skeletal remains of children are placed at the entrance to depict that “Death has no Age”, and treats everyone equally. It is believed that these bones were already decomposed when bought inside the crypt. There was no mass execution contrary to popular belief.
The Crypt is nicknamed to be the Bone Chamber as well. It has a total of 6 rooms Crypt of the Three Skeletons, Crypt of the Resurrection, Crypt of the Skulls, Crypt of the Pelvises, Crypt of the Leg Bones and Thigh Bones, and The Mass Chapel. These rooms have bones taken from the skeletal skulls, pelvis, thighs, legs, hands, etc, arranged in a pattern to form strange designs. There are a few religious paintings inside the Crypt that depict Jesus Christ, and Mary with altars.
Capuchin Crypt tickets let you enter the most popular room with a mind-awakening message- The Crypt of Three Skeletons. Three skeletons are placed in the front with the message written in 5 languages-
“What you are now, we used to be, what we are now, you will be”.
This was done to teach us about how small humans really are in front of time, and death. The central skeleton is a possible version of Grim the Reaper, holding a blade in one hand, and scales in the other to depict nature’s own balance of good and bad karma.
Capuchin Crypt tickets give you entry into the Crypt of the Leg Bones and Thigh Bones. It is one of the six rooms of the Crypt that showcase bone patterns using the bones of legs, and thighs, just like the name suggests. The bones of the friars are crossed to form a coat of arms. Even the bones of children are used in this chamber to portray a message that death sees everyone equally.
The Crypt of the Pelvises is one of the six chambers accessible within Capuchin Crypt tickets. Staying true to its name, pelvic bones of the friars are used to create butterfly-like patterns on the wall. These bones surround the hooded friars hung on the wall, creating an eerie vibe amongst all the chambers. These bones create floral patterns, rococo ceilings, and even the shape of chandeliers to convey deep messages about life and death.
Mummified monks are hung from the walls and ceilings, wearing different clothes. These are possibly covered in their own blood. Some of these skeletons are embedded with electricity to light up showcasing the “Eternal Light”. One of the mummified monks with a crucifix lies in the middle. You can gain access to the Bone Chamber’s Crypt of the Skull with Capuchin Crypt tickets to find hundreds of skulls on the walls. Behind a central mummified monk, these skulls are placed one behind each other in massive groups that cover the entire wall.
The Mass Chapel is one of those rooms accessible within the Capuchin Crypt Rome that does not contain any bone. It is a place of worship and offerings depicting Jesus Christ, and Mother Mary advises three saints- Francis of Assisi, Felix of Cantalice, and Anthony of Padua to liberate the spirits from the sufferings of Purgatory. The room features a memorial with the inscription “DOM”- Deo Optimo Maximo, translating to “To God, the Best, and Greatest”. It is believed that the plaque encompasses the heart of Pope Sixtus V’s grand-niece.
The Crypt of Mass Resurrection is a room decorated entirely with real bones. You can enter this room with Capuchin Crypt tickets to witness the bones making strange patterns on the walls and the table. The interiors of the room are quite simple with white walls, and antique tables. The main thing about the room is that it features a painting of Jesus Christ raising Lazarus from the dead. This painting is bordered with the bones, depicting a possible “Resurrection”- Rising from the dead again.
It dates back to the 17th century when the crypt was made inside the Church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini. It is still debated whether the remains of 3700 bodies of Capuchin friars were brought inside the crypt or whether these monks were executed in the name of Resurrection. Some historians say that during the French Revolution, many capuchins had taken refuge in Rome to escape the guillotine, only to be executed later. While others say bones were collected 30 years post-decomposition of monks dying from natural causes. Friars who died during the construction of the Capuchin Crypt rome were not buried but placed inside without a coffin. However, bones of 3700 Capuchin friars were collected and placed inside the six rooms of the crypt. The soil is the crypt that was brought from Jerusalem (Israel) to create the atmosphere of the intent of building this place. Pope Urban VIII managed the entire placement of the bones and Fr Michael of Bergamo looked upon their arrangements and patterns. The reason to build the Crypt is to give a message that the timeline of humans is limited in front of Time, and God. All the mortals will turn into skeletons one day as nothing is bigger than time in this world.
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM to 07:00 PM every day but closed on public holidays.
Location: Piazza Barberini, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
How to Reach:
By Cab/Taxi: Take a cab/taxi from Rome City Centre to reach Capuchin Crypt Church within 10 minutes, covering a distance of 1.2 km.
By Bus: Board a bus from any part of the city to reach the Barberini Stop, 75 meters away. By Train: Board a train to reach Barberini Station at a distance of 77 meters.
Best Time To Visit: The best time to visit the Capuchin Crypt Rome is during lunchtime. This is because most of the guided tours take place during the early morning hours of the day. Till 12:00- 12:30 PM (Noon), the guided tour starts to leave for lunch. This makes Capuchin Crypt less crowded for you to explore properly at your own pace.
You need to spend at least 1 hour properly exploring the Capuchin Crypt and its bone chamber of 6 rooms. Most of the variants of Capuchin Crypt tickets provide you with 1-hour access to the location, and the average time of exploration. However, if you need a quick tour, 30 minutes is a good amount of time.
It is speculated that 3700 skeletal remains of the bodies are found inside Capuchin Crypt. These skeletal remains belong to Capuchin Monks, living in the 15th century.
Capuchin Crypt buried bodies of 3700+ monks inside. Patterns and structures were made inside the crypt to represent the short life span of earth against the immortal time.
No, it is strictly prohibited to take photographs or shoot videos inside Capuchin Crypt Rome. Authorities and security of the Capuchin Crypt pay close attention to the visitors and call them out if they take out cameras.
Yes, you need to buy Capuchin Crypt tickets to enter the location. Online advance booking will ensure your entry as these get sold out quickly. There are multiple variants, and combos to choose from. Most of the tickets provide you with a 1-hour tour of the Capuchin Crypt or a 45-minute private tour.