Thursday, May 1, 2008

Amazing Pictures Of Catacombs Full Of Mummified Monks

Amazing Pictures Of Catacombs Full Of Mummified Monks

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Catacombs

Dating back to the 16th Century, the catacombs were dug under the Capuchin Monastery when it's original cemetary had been filled

It sounds like something out of a horror movie - except this is the macabre sight which greets thousands of tourists in Palermo, Sicily, each year.

A total of 8,000 mummies are housed in niches along the walls of the Capuchin Catacombs.

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Hung from hooks by their necks and feet, they wear expensive-looking clothes and their heads hang as if in prayer.

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Some have been posed - two children sit side-by-side in a rocking chair - and men, women, virgins, children, monks and professionals have been separated.
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Bodies were hung on ceramic pipes in the catacombs, to dry out for up to eight months, before being washed with vinegar and exposed to the open air.

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Some were then embalmed, while others were sealed in glass cases.
the tombs were officially closed in 1871.

The last person to be interred there was a small girl, aged only two, called Rosalia Lombardo, in 1920.

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