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CABINET // The Museum of the Dead - The catacombs of Palermo, province of palermo , sicily region , italy. Photo by Marco Lanza

CABINET // The Museum of the Dead - The catacombs of Palermo, province of palermo , sicily region , italy. Photo by Marco Lanza

This photo of Rosalia Lombardo was taken in 1984. Why is that interesting? She was the last person buried in the catacombs of the Capuchin Monastery 64 years before this photo was taken, in 1920.

This photo of Rosalia Lombardo was taken in 1984. Why is that interesting? She was the last person buried in the catacombs of the Capuchin Monastery 64 years before this photo was taken, in 1920.

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.

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.

normally the bodies are organized horizontally but vertically is interesting like they could just walk off...hmm. diagonal body stacking? on their heads?

Pictured: The amazing catacombs full of mummified monks

normally the bodies are organized horizontally but vertically is interesting like they could just walk off...hmm. diagonal body stacking? on their heads?

The Museum of the Dead. Palermo, where the corpses are treated as characters in a play...  from cabinetmagazine.org

The Museum of the Dead. Palermo, where the corpses are treated as characters in a play... from cabinetmagazine.org

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.

Ghoulish mummies in the Capuchin Catacombs in Palermo, Sicily

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

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

Catacombs, Italy! Walked down the dimly lit corridors and passageways. Lots of torches on the walls. Amazing what there is to see underground- and sooooo much of it. Very cold as well.

Experience The Historic Catacombs of Rome

Catacombs, Italy! Walked down the dimly lit corridors and passageways. Lots of torches on the walls. Amazing what there is to see underground- and sooooo much of it. Very cold as well.

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