The Terrifying Catacombs of the Capuchin Monks

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The Capuchin crypt (Catacombe dei cappuccini) in Palermo (Sicily, Italy) is probably one of the most and unusual burial places one can visit. It’s open for tourists and full of skeletons – remains of more than eight thousand people. Among the mummified bodies of the local elite and prominent citizens: the clergy, the aristocracy and the representatives of various professions are children and women. Catacombe dei Cappuccini is one of the most famous exhibits of mummies. Mummified bodies of the dead line the walls providing somewhat a grim tourist attraction.

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The first monk was interred here in 1599, and his 400-year-old mummy still greets visitors upon entrance. For ages, the catacombs were strictly for the monks, but eventually opened to well-paying locals. Family members actually wanted the corpses of their loved ones preserved and exhibited, so that they could come to visit.

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The catacombs offer the long-lasting feeling of horror which worsens with each step. Feeling becomes more unbearable the longer you remain. Skulls with the skin slowly peeling off. Bodies of women and infants striking scary poses as their bodies slowly fall apart. Hollowed-out faces with grotesque grimaces, teeth and even mustaches still intact. Capuchin crypt is reportedly one of the haunted locations in Italy.

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Image credit:Monica Forss/Flickr

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Image Credit:Flickr/Matt Northam

Rosalia Lombardo, a two-year-old Sicilian girl who died of pneumonia in 1920. "Sleeping Beauty," as she's known, appears to be merely dozing beneath the glass front of her coffin in the Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo, Italy. nationalgeographic.com

Rosalia Lombardo, a two-year-old Sicilian girl who died of pneumonia in 1920. “Sleeping Beauty,” as she’s known, appears to be merely dozing beneath the glass front of her coffin in the Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo, Italy. nationalgeographic.com

Because it’s such a unique and weird place, the Capuchin Catacombs definitely worth a visit. But those who are sensitive might want to avoid it.

Submission by Luka Lisjak. Thank you!

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  1. March 26, 2014

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