Memento Mori: The Capuchin Cemetery

 

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I’m still working away on my Memento Mori project and wanted to share some images from the Capuchin Cemetery with you.

The Church of the Immaculate Conception is hidden away on Via Vittoria Veneto, Rome, and truly needs to be seen to be believed.  It’s definitely one of my *ahem* favourite haunts any time I’m in Italy.

The Capuchin Crypt is a small space comprising several tiny chapels containing the skeletal remains of 4,000 bodies believed to be Capuchin friars buried by their order.The Catholic order insists that the display is not meant to be macabre, but a silent reminder of the swift passage of life on Earth.

And it certainly is striking to behold.  Large numbers of the bones are nailed to the walls in intricate patterns, many are piled high among countless others, while others hang from the ceiling as light fixtures. Mummified monks even loom out of archways.

Definitely a reminder that life is short…

 

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