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Rosalia Lombardo is a resident of the catacombs, she was Italian born in 1918 and died December 6th, 1920. General Lombardo was so upset upon her death he went to a noted embalmer, Alfredo Salafia, in order to preserve her. Her body was one of the last ones to have been admitted to the catacombs in Sicily.

His technique was good enough that her body could be x-rayed and the organs show up. Her body is kept in a small glass covered coffin and placed on a marble pedestal. Unfortunately a 2009 photograph by the National Geographic shows that she is beginning to show signs of decomposition, most noticeably is the colour. So to combat this she was moved to a drier location in the catacombs. Her original coffin has also been placed in a sealed one to try and prevent any further deterioration.

National Geographic Link

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