Rome is Hiding a Sinister Secret

The city of Rome is of course known for its ancient roots and turbulent history, and it has certainly lived up to this reputation with a rather eerie finding on Via Veneto in central Rome.

Capuchin-Crypt-Rome-Italy.jpgSet between an ultra-luxury hotel and an elegant restaurant, there is a baroque church little known to most people called St Mary of the Immaculate Conception. Inside, it is beautifully decorated with religious art, but its cellar hides a particularly dark secret: a ghostly underground cemetery.

Here, beneath the lavishly decorated interior of the church and hidden from view, investigators found the bones of more than 4000 monks, which are considered to date back to between 1627 and 1870.

What is more troubling is that the skeletons had been clearly arranged and were actually being used as a means of "decoration", with the walls and ceilings plastered with tibia, femur and other bones, giving an insight into what was considered art during the macabre Baroque era.

Despite the site being little advertised in tourist guides (you can perhaps understand why), it attracts over 300,000 people each year!

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