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Lat: 38° 6' 42.60174" N - Long: 13° 20' 21.30138" E
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The catacombs of the Capuchins are a rather macabre but also fascinating place where there are about eight thousand bodies brought over several centuries.
The most are skeletal, some mummified; they are arranged along the walls of the corridors, with the clothes of the time.
Many are standing, others seated, others in boxes.
There is the corridor of women, the professionals one, the ecclesiastics one, including many Capuchins.
The first to be mummified was Brother Silvestro da Gubbio, who died in 1559; the last entered is considered the "most beautiful mummy in the world", it is that of the little Rosalia Lombardo, a child who died in 1920, when she was just two years old.
It inspires an immense tenderness as it appears intact, an angelic face that seems to sleep, so much so that it has been named the "sleeping beauty".
Some of her blonde hair descends on her forehead, a yellow bow on her head.
Her mummification process, carried out by Dr.
Alfredo Salafia, is considered among the best in the world.
The face remained colorful and plump until some years ago, when it began to show some signs of deterioration, so the little body, which has even kept intact the internal organs, was placed in a glass and steel container full of nitrogen at controlled temperature and humidity.
The catacombs are open every day, including holidays, from 9:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 18:00.
What happened in Sicily: 23 September
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