8,000 corpses for your viewing pleasure–

IMG_0006 IMG_0004 IMG_0003BOOM!  Gotta check out the Catacombe dei Cappuccini while here in Palermo, Sicily. . .this place has about eight thousand corpses on display and about twelve hundred mummies for our touristic viewing pleasure, and yes, it is all kinda creepy.

Back in 1599 the Cappuccin monks here in Palermo decided to mummify one of their brothers who recently died and keep him around for company and support, I guess.  Well, they then did the same with more dead monks, and it became a bit of a ‘thang’–to be preserved and mummified by the monks. . .sooooo, prominent citizens started paying to have their bodies preserved and put on display–as long as the family kept donating to the monastery, then the monks would maintain the various bodies.  This practice continued until about 1870 or so when the last monk was preserved. . .but now they had thousands of bodies stored away and preserved–what to do with them?–hmmmm?!  Why not make the catacombe a tourist attraction?  No reason to not do it other than it is creepy. . .and here we are today with the catacombe being one of the major attractions in town.  No photos are allowed. . .we had plenty of opportunity to snap some with lots of preserved corpses around us, but we chose to leave the spirit of these folks down in the catacombe and simply share one thought with you: CHECK THIS PLACE OUT. . .absolutely fascinating!  Google this place to learn more. . .wonderful read.

I send you well-preserved vibes from the Catacombe dei Cappuccini here in Palermo. . .feel them. . .they are good for your complexion.

To see more fabulous images from around planet Earth simply click on a location of your choice in the category menu on the ‘About’ page of this blog. . .do it. . .so much to see and soooo little time.

It’s lovely out there.


4 thoughts on “8,000 corpses for your viewing pleasure–

    • Thank you! Glad you like this post. . .we were gonna snap some shots like you did, but instead we just wandered around and took in all of the kookiness. . .definitely one of the strangest tourist attractions in all of Sicily, Italy, and Europe. I like your post. . .keep up the great work–so much fun to be out on the road and read what other folks are thinking, feeling, and noticing. Hope you get to pop around more of the island…Taormina, Catania, Siracusa, Agrigento, Ragusa, and Modica are all worth your attention. Cheers!

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s