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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.

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I’ve driven past the cathedral several times and yet never ventured in, so I think its only fair to mention this one. It may have to go on to the visit list as well. Lincoln Cathedral sits atop a hill that makes it visible around the city.

A 17th Century holyman has been seen climbing the steps up towards the cathedral, a witness as late as 2004 reported that there was a chain around his neck.

The bells have been pealed by unseen hands and a procession of monks have been said to haunt the cloisters.

In the 1960’s a woman named Constance committed suicide by throwing herself from the tower.

Another report is that there is an immovable bloodstain on the floor, this was from a suicide where a stained-glass window master leapt from the gallery.

The cathedral also has a carved out creature, its said he caused chaos in the cathedral until a passing angel transformed him into stone.

 A local made documentary on some ghosts.

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The bodies of over 8000 souls line the catacombs of Cappuchin, Palermo. This sounds like one of the most interesting yet macabre places I have heard of in some time.

They wanted the bodies to be preserved for the living to face the dead. Tourists are able to walk the halls. The bodies were drained, dried and stuffed in straw in the vaults underneath for around nine months.

Initially they were for the monks but slowly patrons came. They were organised by gender, class and age.  The Cardinals, Lawyers, Children, Infants are all ordered amongst the line ups.

In 1860 the practise was outlawed, 1920 a body was brought in, Rosalia Lombardo was brought in by her family. Her sister would visit regularly but this stopped in recent years.

Many that visit will turn away upset, horrified or perhaps just overwhelmed by looking death in the face quite literally.  I won’t post up pictures and videos, but if you are interested the link here that takes you to more information.

Sedlec Ossuary 

Originally it was a series of large pits with bodies… a lot of them, and I am going to guess it stank! Human remains just stacked wherever they could put them and monks needed to do something with them all.

They came up with quite a unique way of solving the problem, they made displays from all the bones, keeping them in the boundary of the cemetery and it’s building. Bone pyramids were the beginning from a half-blind monk’s orders to find a way to dispose of them.

An architect then made candelabra to fit in with it. A rich family then brought it and it was redecorated. Now there are garlands and hanging decor from them, some of them are extremely creative if not a little odd.  A huge hanging chandelier makes a morbidly amazing central piece too.

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