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The Bone Church! Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini. Those poeple are waiting to get into the crypt.

"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 crypt, or ossuary, now contains the remains of 4,000 friars buried between 1500-1870. ... The crypt walls are decorated with the remains in elaborate fashion, making this crypt a macabre 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. ...

"A plaque in one of the chapels reads, in three languages, "What you are now, we once were; what we are now, you shall be." This is a memento mori."
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