July 24th, 2007

winding stair

Anyone ever been here? How creepy.

Lifted from one of you. :)

One of the last corpses to make it to the Capuchin catacombs of Palermo Italy before authorities stopped the practice was three year-old Rosalia Lambardo. She died in 1918 and is nicknamed "Sleeping Beauty" because she looks so lifelike, and in entombed in a glass coffin. To this day the two ( though some reports say three) year old's cheeks are still rosy. The method of mummification used on her was never used on any other person on record. Her father , Dr. Salofia was the only one who knew the method used to preserve Rosalia, but he never shared it with anyone.

The catacombs contain about 8000 mummies that line the walls. The halls are divided into categories: Men, Women, Virgins, Children, Priests, Monks, and Professionals. Some bodies are better preserved than others. Some are set in poses: for example, two children are sitting together in a rocking chair.

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