The Catacombs of Palermo, Italy, are heaven for anyone who enjoys macabre rolês! There are 8,000 corpses and 1,250 inside these tunnels on the island of Sicily (which you may know as the home of the Cosa Nostra mobsters, that of The Godfather), all open for public visitation
The catacombs are located in a monastery in the Sicilian capital, and began to be filled in in the 16th century.
It was around 1599 that the first priests were buried there.
In 1920 the last burials took place before the closure of the catacombs
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Since then, the catacombs have been a museum run by local monks.
And whoever wants can see all the mummies
The only restriction is photographs taken by tourists.
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Only authorized persons can register mummies.
In addition to the macabre content, there is a tradition involving mummification in the region.
According to the English newspaper Mirror, Sicily will soon launch a laboratory specializing in mummification
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The idea is to find out why some of these mummies are well preserved and others are not.
Some still have teeth and hair.
Others, older, are deteriorated
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To enter the catacombs, there was a small journey
Still in life, the person who intended a vacancy, should ask
Upon death, the family would have to pay rent for the space to the trustees.
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Strange as it may seem, hanging there dead was a sign of status.
In addition to family pride
As the site became a museum, payments were terminated and the site stopped accepting new burials.
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Catacomb halls have an internally organized logic
There are salons for men, for women
…besides some for children and others for monks
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Those who are there are still identified with name, date of birth and date of death.
Some of the burials there have famous stories, such as Rosalia Lombardo, who died in 1920, aged 2. One story tells that his eyes opened after death
Despite the fame of these catacombs, they are not the only
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Other crypts and cemeteries contain similar mummies.
All because this is a kind of honor
In addition to the tradition of the Sicilian region
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