It’s Hallowe’en: the Palermo Catacombs (Disturbing!)

In a dusty, nondescript corner of old Palermo 


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


Go down a dark corridor

Until you see something strange lining the walls


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


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

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


So don’t go if you’re easily spooked

Palermo 2
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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