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Palermo, Italy

Catacombe dei Cappuccini

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Today: 9:00am-1:00pm, 3:00pm-6:00pm
This Week
Sunday:9:00am-1:00pm
Monday:9:00am-1:00pm, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Tuesday:9:00am-1:00pm, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Wednesday:9:00am-1:00pm, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Thursday:9:00am-1:00pm, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Friday:9:00am-1:00pm, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Saturday:9:00am-1:00pm, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Cost: $3.53 USD (3.00 EUR)

Dead on Display

This "human library" of Sicilian cadavers is no place for the weak of stomach, but for those with a taste for the macabre, the Catacombs of the Capuchins are definitely worth a visit. The oldest corpses date back to the 16th century when it was discovered that the walls of the catacombs contained a mysterious preservative. Since then, more than 8,000 Sicilians have joined them, all neatly dressed and arranged into categories of Men, Women, Virgins, Children, Priests, Monks, and Professionals. Some bodies are better preserved than others, and many corpses are also arranged in poses. The last burials are from the 1920s, one of which was 2 year old Rosalia Lombardo (pictured), well known for the remarkable preservation of her body.

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