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Ghoulish but fascinating.
Capuchin monks have long been associated with Brno and they still have an impressive church here, as shown in the main picture. Interesting as it is, most visitors are probably more interested in the slightly ghoulish contents of the crypt beneath. Basically monks from the Order, along with others, were interred here and, because of a quirk of geology and airing, the bodies mummified rather than decomposing. Amongst the others mentioned was Baron Franz von der Trenck, an aristocratic prisoner from the nearby Spilberk Castle / prison, who endowed an alter there in his will.
The practice of burial here ceased during the reign of Emperor Joseph II in 1787 when he prohibited interment within the city. Photography is understandably prohibited inside in the interest of respect for the dead, so you will have to take my word for the excellent state of preservation of the corpses there.
As you look at the front of the Church, the entrance to the crypt is underneath the building to the left and is clearly signed (as shown). Go into the courtyard, and look for the door (also shown) ahead of you on the left where you will be charged a small admission fee.
Because of the very nature of the Crypt, it may not be suitable for younger children.
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A spooky place- Capuchin´s crypt
Well, this is definitely a spine-chilling place :)! They have a very special ventilation sytem in the crypt, so that the corpses got mummified. There used to be over 200 bodies, but at a certain point they started to immure them, so that now "only" about 40 bodies are left. People who got buried in the Capuchin`s crypt were not only friars, but also important people who helped the monastery in the one or the other way- for example you can see a doctor who treated the friars for free. The youngest mummy (at the time of his death) is of a ministrant, who died at the age of only 12 during a mass. The mummies lie in coffins covered with glass. In the last room you can see about 20 friars, some of them still wearing their cowls, lying all together in one room on the floor. They provide you with a guide book, which is available in English, but also in other languages at the entrance. The guide book is very interesting, because it tells you about the life of each of the corpses. Entrance fee is 60 crowns.
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