With much focus being on the graveyard under the streets of Paris when catacombs are mentioned, possibly due to its big screen presence in the found footage horror, As Above, So Below, many have either forgotten or not heard about the haunted catacombs of Palermo in Italy. ↗️
Located in the city of Sicily in southern Italy, the Catacombs of Palermo as known by many names, including ”Catacombe dei Cappuccini” or ”Catacombs of the Capuchins”, but are best known simply as the catacombs of Palermo.
With 8,000 corpses displayed, far more elegantly than those of Paris that consists of millions of bones thrown underground, the haunted catacombs of Palermo have become a top tourist attraction for paranormal researchers and enthusiasts, as well as thrill-seekers who are intrigued by the creepy domain and history.
The haunted catacombs displays an array of well-dressed corpses, both on the walls as well in open crypts. Though many are skeletal remains, there are some that look like they’re still alive due to advanced preservation techniques that were used by a doctor until 1920 when the last corpse arrived.
The haunted catacombs of Palermo, Italy were strictly for monks who passed on, but over time Sicily’s wealthiest citizens were able to have their loved ones taken there upon their death to be preserved and displayed so the families could visit them and pay respects after their death.
Possibly the most talked about corpse in the catacombs are that of the last bodies taken there. A two-year-old girl named Rosalia who may be the best preserved body in the entire place.
With an open crypt, Rosalia has been dubbed ”sleeping beauty” due to her peaceful appearance, still complete with a full head of hair and eyes lashes. Her skin has been kept immaculate over the years using the preservation techniques that were lost for many years.