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A warning, common to many such crypts, is inscribed in Czech above their final resting place: "As you are now, we once were; as we are now, you shall be."

A warning, common to many such crypts, is inscribed in Czech above their final resting place: "As you are now, we once were; as we are now, you shall be."

The Flooded Crypt of San Zaccaria – Venice, Italy - Atlas Obscura

As can be expected from a centuries old church built in a canal city, the undercroft of this house of worship is beautifully flooded.

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Flooded Crypt of San Francesco – Ravenna, Italy - Atlas Obscura

Filled with goldfish swimming in a shallow pool of sea water, this ancient crypt is more wishing well than burial site.

The flooded crypt at Winchester Cathedral, England.This low-vaulted stone crypt, which floods in rainy months, dates from the 11th century, the earliest phase of building the Cathedral, shown here with Antony Gormley’s life-size sculpture of a solitary man, Sound II, seen from a distance, between the massive vaults and their reflections. Photo by John Crook

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La catedral de Durham, en el norte de Inglaterra, fue fundada en 1093, y sigue siendo un importante centro religioso. Es calificada como uno de los más consumados ejemplos de arquitectura normanda en Europa.

Durante la época feudal, y sobre todo en los siglos XI y XII, se desarrolló en Europa un tipo de arte rural y religioso conocido como estilo románico

Visiting Rome's Capuchin Crypt, 2022

In the centre of Rome is the Capuchin Crypt - officially the Museum and Crypt of the Capuchin Friars, which is at once both shocking and fascinating. A series of small chapels beneath the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini contain the bones and mummified remains of an estimated 4,000 individuals. Far from being a macabre spectacle, the Capuchin order believes the remains of former friars are a silent and poignant reminder of our mortality and the passage of life on Earth.