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Catacombs of the Capuchins (Catacombe dei Cappuccini)

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Address: Piazza Cappuccini 1, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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Visit, if you dare, this web of spooky subterranean passages where 8,000 of...

Visit, if you dare, this web of spooky subterranean passages where 8,000 of Palermo's mummified dead will greet you; some dating back over 500 years and still dressed in their absolute best.

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Not for the faint of heart

Since this is my first catacombs I rate it very good. Easy to maneuver, only had a bad smell in one small corner. Agreed, not much info on most of the corpses, but interesting to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
angelam039
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London, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My husband did not enjoy this at all. He could not see what anyone would want to see mummified corpses. It was a very unusual site to see so many mummified bodies in one place, all dressed in clothes that they had worn in life. After a while there are just too many... and it is rather grotesque but it... More 

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Bucuresti, Romania
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was quite interesting and the ticket is cheap. Only 3 Euros/person. The bodies are well preserved and presented upon different galleries, but with no explantion relying to how old they are or what their story is. This can be improved.

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A somewhat macabre experience viewing 8000 preserved bodies including a perfectly preserved 3-year old child. The bodies were all catalogued and gave an insight into 19th century dress.

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Thank DP1066
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a must see! Over 8000 bodies! They found this cemetery when they were renovating the church above. There is one baby girl "sleeping beauty" that died at age 2 in 1920 and her body is perfectly preserved. This attraction might not be for everyone. I throughly enjoyed it but my 21 year old daughter, not so much.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Never imagined it would be as it was - nothing like anything I've ever seen before. I'm glad I did see it though.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
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We went here as I wanted to see the 2 year old Rosalina Lombardo preserved by a doctor who died before telling anyone how he did it. Its sad to see the children laid out & odd how the people aspired to be buried here hung up like pieces of meat. Rosalina was beautiful with golden hair & eyelashes. No... More 

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England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If the Capuchins chose to store the human remains of their followers by hanging them in a catacomb, up to them. But displaying them to the public centuries later: what on earth is the point? Visit the Palazzo Zisa instead if you're in that part of town - another great example of Arab Norman history.

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Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Quite macabre. But if you can stomach it, it is fascinating and a unique experience. A one of a kind experience and place

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Since this is my first catacombs I rate it very good. Easy to maneuver, only had a bad smell in one small corner. Agreed, not much info on most of the corpses, but interesting to see various stages of decay and dress, and to read the markers in the floor. 3 euro entrance fee and if you drive yourself be... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this is an attraction that is not suitable for everyone. i found it both interesting and compelling, but my other half found it somewhat distressing. if you do not mind seeing bodies that have not been moved since they have been placed then you will cope

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