Catacombe dei Cappuccini, Palermo (Disturbing!)

In a dusty, nondescript corner of old Palermo 

Ingresso

There is a dark, badly-signposted doorway that leads down into The Capuchin Catacombs

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Go down a dark corridor

Until you see something strange lining the walls

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There are said to be 8,000 corpses in the catacombs

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It was traditional for the family to visit the deceased on special occasions 

Catacombs
The Childrens’ Section
From original postcard sold at Catacombe
‘The Sleeping Beauty’: Rosalia Lombardo. Died 1920 aged 2
Section of the Virgins
The Unmarried

 

They would often change its clothes, comb its hair and apply perfumes

 

The Catacombs can be too much WTF for some people to handle

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So don’t go if you’re easily spooked

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Book: ‘La Veglia Eterna: Catacombe dei Cappuccini di Palermo’ By Ivan Cenzi, Carlo Vannini
Location: Catacombe dei Cappuccini, Chiesa di Santa Maria della Pace,  Piazza Cappuccini, Palermo

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