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Complesso Museale Santa Maria delle Anime del Purgatorio ad Arco

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"Pezzentele" Souls Church In the heart of the ancient center of Naples, along via dei Tribunali, there is the Church of Santa Maria delle Anime in Purgatory in Arco, known to the Neapolitan people as the church "de '' e cape 'e morte" (the head of...more
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Via Dei Tribunali 39, 80138, Naples, Italy
+39 333 383 2561
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Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

What an incredible place. Having not done my Naples homework,and just enjoying taking in the atmosphere, we came across this incredible place . Buy a ticket to go downstairs. It is well worth it! A church dedicated to getting souls from purgatory..

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Mari M
Reviewed 18 May 2018

A major disappointment that we only found out on the site that it is closed. A sign says the same information as the info previously seen on the Internet, but gates were locked and there is no sign whatsoever about when it will be open...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Erzsi2015
Reviewed 18 May 2018

Make sure you touch the skull on the outside... for good luck. You are allowed to take photos in the upper church but not in the lower section. Upper church is free but you have to pay to go downstairs. Still it is interesting to...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 23 March 2018 via mobile

There was little English in this church however it was easy to find but does have set opening hours. There is a huge contrast in the two levels of the church, one floor is very grand and magnificent the other is dusty, stark and unkempt....More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 20 January 2018 via mobile

We were confused as at first we understood that only tours can be taken and then in the end allowed to enter downstairs by ourself. The place is spooky and unique and worth the visit.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank AnnaEsk
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

There are many churches in the City of Naples, but this one is rather different. You sense this when you notice the skulls beside the stairs from street level to the upper section. Dedicated to the Souls in a purgatory, the lower level is said...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 14 October 2017

When you are in Italy, you will see and go inter many churches, they will start to blend in and you'll stop caring. No this one, I promise you will probably never step into a church like this anywhere in the world. The regular church...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank rabbeduto
Reviewed 8 August 2017

The tours are only conducted in Italian but as long as one is down in the sepulchre you can go and explore yourself. No photo's are allowed in the building the reason which becomes apparent pretty quickly. It's such a morbid place with open skulls...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

This place became the unexpected favourite of my trip. Dark and haunting, this church and underground shrine to "souls in purgatory" is full of ex votos, family momentos and human skulls arranged in surreal underground shrines. The underground chapel itself is a dimly lit, stripped...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Amanda W
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

Great church with the history of the lost souls and bones in the lower part. Self guided with English pamphlet.

Date of experience: April 2017
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Response from paquita373 | Reviewed this property |
Behind the information desk. You have to pay a ticket fee to get there. It is a guided tour. I think it only costs 5€. It is worth it! The guide had a degree in history of art and the explanation he gave us was great. He... More