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The Odessa Catacombs, which are indeed mines not catacombs, are located in Odessa, Ukraine and attract extreme tourists, despite the number of warnings, they stretch around 2,500 kilometres and are larger and longer than those or Rome and Paris. The labyrinth of tunnels is largely unknown and unmapped, as such only a small percentage are opened via the Museum of Partisan Glory.

The tunnels materials were good for cheap construction, during World War II the tunnels served as a hiding grounds for Soviet Partisans and in 1961 the Poisk Club was created in order to explore the tunnels to map them, in keeping with the old tradition there’s really no maps by others instead clues and symbols on the walls are used to traverse them. The tunnels continued to be mined for the rich resource of limestone and so kept expanding.

The catacombs hit the news because another explorer found the remains of a body. In 2007 an urban explorer, Eugene, made a morbid discovery of a corpse of a 19-year old women. She had been at a New Years Eve party, 2005 and they had been partying there all night. At some point the woman was separated from the group and when they left the next morning they were unaware that she had not left as well. This young lady died alone, lost and probably from things like dehydration due to not having supplies and maybe even intoxicated to a high degree.

Coroners findings say that she had spent three days dehydrating before she came to the end of her life. Her name from sources around the internet suggest she was known as Masha. On other sites her name is listed as Mariya and it’s been a lot of internet trawling to try and work out more information. Eugene did not tell the police her location, nor did other explorers and she was around 5km away from the area, eventually the police located her because she was was shown in location and they managed to get her out and this is sometimes where the story lines get blurred.

She is not the only person to have been found there, there have been older mummified corpses found and the cold air and dry conditions lead to good preservation. There have also been old World War II era rifles and grenades. In 2015 two teenagers went missing but from what little I could find I worked out they were rescued.

So I couldn’t find her surname or if she is Masha or Mariya, I guess her name has been lost amongst various media reports and outlets. If you can confirm her name I would like to be able to put that to this article.

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Lucedio Abbey, located near Trino, north-west Italy was founded in 1124, and one of the earliest Cistercian monasteries in Italy. The abbey was secularised in 1784, and today the abbey buildings are part of a nice farm. There is restoration work being undertaken according to wikipedia so that could be promising for aspiring future visitors.

It is said to be cursed by the monks that once resided there. In 1684 many young girls were said to have been visited by the devil in their dreams, he sent them to the abbey and they corrupted the monks into satanism. A history of torture and abuse became so notorious that it reached Pope Pio VI in Rome and the abbey was closed.

It is said that in one room of the abbey a pillar gets wet, some believe it is crying due to the horrific experiences of the past. It could just be a leak… just saying.

An evil presence is said to be buried under the crypt, guardians there had to sit around in a circle. The abbots that died were buried in a circle around it and they naturally appeared to have mummified around that way.

Italian Language Link from Wikipedia

 

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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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