February 2, 2011

Even DEAD Italians are fashionable!

At the south end of Italy is the island of Sicily. And that’s where you’ll find the Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo!

A catacomb is an underground cemetery. And inside the Capuchin Catacombs (which are 500 years old) are the bodies of about 8,000 people. 

And not just ANY people. These are really well-dressed Italian mummies! The idea was that after people died, they were brought to the catacombs wearing their best clothes.  Relatives and friends would then come visit them, and hang out. 

And sometimes they'd even bring new outfits for the mummies to wear!

No, I’m not kidding. And best of all: These catacombs are open to the public! 
Slide-show of the catacombs
from the Telegraph here.

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