Cattacombe dei Cappuccini, Palermo

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    Capuchin Catacombs

    by matcrazy1 Updated Aug 18, 2003

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    Mummified bodies

    Favorite thing: Capuchin Catacombs are without a doubt one of the most interesting, intriguing and gruesome tourist spots in the world. This place, which is sometimes referred to as the Museum of Death, contains some 8000 mummified bodies that date back to the 16th century. These bodies line the walls of the Catacombs, which is located directly underneath the Capuchin Convent.

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    Fondest memory: Capuchin Catacombs.

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    Capuchin Catacombs

    by matcrazy1 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The process of mummification was initially done by laying the bodies in rooms located within the Catacombs. The bodies would undergo a process of dehydration. Once this process was complete they would wash the bodies in vinegar. In addition to the process of dehydration some of the bodies were embalmed to help preserve their appearance and some were enclosed in sealed glass. Once the mummies were ready they would be clothed and placed on the walls. The Catacombs are divided into groups. There is a section for priests & monks, men, women, children and professionals. All in all some 8000 individuals fill the catacombs, which are open to the public.
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    Due to a law by the Italian government in 1881 the Catacombs were no longer permitted to continue this process of mummification. Even though law prohibited the Convent from adding mummies to the Catacombs it wasn't until 1920 that the last body would be officially interred in the Catacomb. With special permission from the Italian government the body of a 2-year-old child named Rosalia Lombardo was added. What amazed me the most about the addition of Rosalia is how well preserved her body is.
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    Fondest memory: Capuchin Catacombs.

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    by SirRichard Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: CAPPUCCINI CATACOMBE
    This subterranean chamber is one of the more surrealistic places I've ever been. It's a gallery showing skeletons dressed up as they used to dress when they were alive!!! It's like a scary movie, but real....
    Convento dei Cappuccini, Piazza dei Cappuccini. Tel: 091 212117.

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