A Monster a Day, 8,000 Mummies of Polermo, Itlay

The world’s most beautiful mummy…

Photo by Wikimedia Commons

Photo by Wikimedia Commons

Rosalia Lombardo was just 2 years old when she perished from the “flu” in 1920. Her father, General Lombardo, was so grief stricken that he reached out to notable embalmer, Alfredo Salafia. He had his beautiful lost child preserved as a sleeping angel, one of the last that was laid to rest in the Capuchin catacombs of Palermo in Sicily.

Little Rosalia rests upon a pedestal of marble, encased in a glass coffin in a tiny chapel near the end of the catacombs’ tour. She is just one of nearly 8,000 mummified men, women, virgins, children, priests, monks and professionals that line the walls with their remains. Some of the mummies are even set into action poses. A bit macabre you think?

You can visit the Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo:

Address: Piazza Cappuccini, 1, Palermo, Italy

Monday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, 3:00–5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, 3:00–5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, 3:00–5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, 3:00–5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, 3:00–5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, 3:00–5:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Phone: +39 091 212117

About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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