Monday, February 16, 2009

Cemetery of the Capuchins in Rome

One last thought on Rome.  I finally found the Capuchin Cemetery that holds the bones of over 4,000 monks who died between 1528 and 1870.

It is located at Via Veneto 27 near the Hard Rock Cafe of all things as part of the Santa Maria della Immaculata Concezione.

The actually have bones, mostly ribs and vertebrae, nailed to the walls and ceilings create some, shall we say, interesting designs. 

Pictures are not allowed and for once I obeyed in respect to the dead.
This is a picture of a postcard I purchased.

In the last room the bones have a sign posted reminding us that:

"What you are, we once were; what we are, you soon will be."

Interesting and eerie at the same time.

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