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What you are now we used to be; what we are now you will be... Explore #323

Bit crappy as it was single high iso shot from the hip as no cameras allowed.

 

This is Cimitero dei Cappuccini in Rome one of the most macabre places I've ever been

 

This is stolen from wikipedia

 

The crypt is located just under Santa Maria della Concezione, a church commissioned by Pope Urban VIII in 1626. The pope's brother, Cardinal Antonio Barberini, who was of the Capuchin Order, in 1631 ordered the remains of thousands of Capuchin friars exhumed and transferred from the friary Via dei Lucchesi to the crypt. The bones were arranged along the walls, and the friars began to bury their own dead here, as well as the bodies of poor Romans, whose tomb was under the floor of the present Mass chapel. Here the Capuchins would come to pray and reflect each evening before retiring for the night.

 

The crypt, or ossuary, now contains the remains of 4,000 friars buried between 1500–1870, during which time the Roman Catholic Church permitted burial in and under churches. The underground crypt is divided into five chapels, lit only by dim natural light seeping in through cracks, and small fluorescent lamps. The crypt walls are decorated with the remains in fantastic fashion, making this crypt a true work of art. Some of the skeletons are intact and draped with Franciscan habits, but for the most part, individual bones are used to create elaborate ornamental designs.

 

When the crypt was created, Christians had a rich and creative set of rituals involving their dead.Great spiritual masters meditated and preached with a skull in hand.

 

A plaque in the chapel reads:

 

What you are now we used to be; what we are now you will be...

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Taken on August 8, 2011