October 31, 2014

Rome Crypt

Photograph by Stephen Alvarez

An elaborate homage to the dead—and a reminder of mortality to the living—adorns a crypt under Santa Maria della Concezione church in Rome. These macabre ornamentations, constructed from the bones of 4,000 deceased Capuchin friars, "make the people who stacked the bones in Paris's catacombs look like amateurs," according to one observer.

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