Italy’s most ghoulish site, Capuchin Catacombs in Palermo. This crypt houses thousands of corpses, fully dressed and hung from hooks. The practice began in 1599 when local priests mummified a holy monk and allowed visitors. Soon regular residents of Palermo wanted to be remembered in this fashion. Bodies are arranged by gender and profession; their facial expressions often eerily visible.
Pictured: The amazing catacombs full of mummified monks
The Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo were constructed after the death of Silvestro of Gubbio, a famous 16th century monk. Four long limestone corridors underneath the Capuchin Church hold about 8,000 mummies, lying in repose or hung from hooks by their necks and feet and wearing their best clothes.
Mummified lady with red shawl. The catacombes of Palermo. ……..SHE ALWAYS SAID SHE WOULDN'T BE CAUGHT DEAD WITHOUT HER FAVORITE RED SHAWL…….WELL, HER FAMILY TOOK IT LITERALLY AND BURIED HER IN IT…….MUST ADMIT, SHE'S A LOVELY CORPSE…………ccp