"Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini" Convento Frati Cappuccini - Santa Maria della Concezione Tip by mindcrime
Convento Frati Cappuccini - Santa Maria della Concezione, Rome: 14 reviews and 17 photos
This church (Our Lady of the Conception of the Capuchins) was the first church we visited in Rome and we were enjoyed it.
It was built at the beginning of 17th century by An.Casoni and was commissioned by a capuchin friar, cardinal Antonio Barberini(brother of Pope Urbano VIII Barberini). The single central aisle isn’t impressive but there are some interesting painting on the walls, we liked the “Archangel Michael battles With Lucifer” (pic 3) made by Guido Reni.
The floor is covered with tomb stones, one of them belongs to Antonio Barberini with the inscription “hic iacet pulvis, cinis et nihil” (here lie dust, ashes and nothing)
Of course the most interesting part was our visit to the crypt that houses the skulls and bones of about 4000 capuchins! For entering the crypt (through a different door) you have to stay in line and wait as the people enter slowly inside. First a lady came and asked for a donation (1e minimum per person) in a rude way and then she yelled that “no photo/video allowed”! All of that of course due to respect for the dead although at the same time they sell post cards with the bones and scalps :)
The friars had made an incredible job here, they had so many people in the cemetery so they found an interesting and creative way to use the thousands of bones when there was no more space inside (they were also burying bodies of poor romans), so what did they do? they used them for decoration! You can see big parts of the walls covered with bones, but also items like candlesticks or big crosses all made by skulls and bones! There was a couple in front of us, the man was saying to his wife things like that: “dear, this must be from the dorsal bone” etc It was so funny, he must be a doctor for sure :)
The church is open:7.00-12.00, 15.45pm-19.30 daily. Crypt: 9.00-12.00, 15.00-18.20 Friday-Wednesday
Address: 27 Via Vittorio Veneto, Rome 00187 Italy
Directions: Between Spanga and Barberini metro stations.
Bus: metro:Barberini or buses: 52, 53, 56, 58, 90b, 95, 490, 492, 495.
Phone: +39 06 452 850
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