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The Purgatory Museum in Rome

There’s a mysterious and creepy room in the back of the Santa Croce di Gesu in Rome.

It’s known as the Purgatory Museum, but it’s more like a small room with a display case holding testimonies left by the departed to the living often accompanied by requests for Masses for the dead.

Deceased family members, friends, and even strangers visit the living, usually in their dreams, and leave behind handprints burned into books, footprints, and money for Masses.

The collection started after a fire in the original church left behind the image of a face. The priest in charge started searching for other signs from the afterlife.

The church is located at Lungotevere Prati 12 and open daily from 7 AM – 12 PM and 4 PM – 7 PM.