Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Capuchin Crypt and Church in Rome

The church is situated on the Capuchin Square near the Cabbage Market. Next to the church stands the Capuchin Monastery. The front side of the church is decorated with the Baroque sculptures by Jan Adam Nessman from 1765.

The most interesting place is the Capuchin crypt which is located beneath the church. Due to the good geological structure of soil and system of air-holes, it was possible to mummify the corpses which have been preserved in the underground of the church to the present-day. Except for the members of the Capuchin Order, the builders Ondřej and
Jan Křtitel Ern and baron Franz von der Trenck (a commander of the Pandur and Špilberk prisoner) are buried there.

(info taken from www.brno.me)

1 comment:

trickortreat said...

Went to a similar place- also by the Capuchins- in Palermo, Sicily. Those Capuchins must have been masters of mummification, because the same system of ventilation was used in the catacombs in Palermo. I didn't even know about this one in Rome, though.
I just discovered your blog. I like it!

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