Si Trova: a Gangi
Lat: 37° 47' 49.32199" N - Long: 14° 12' 21.69228" E
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The Mother Church of Gangi has inside an extraordinary crypt which during the period between 1728 and 1872 was used as a place for the burial and mummification of ecclesiastical dignitaries.
It is commonly called "A Fossa di Parrini".
Here the remains of 64 priests and archpriests have reached our days in an excellent state of conservation after passing through four centuries of history, each representing a unique testimony of the past.
The crypt is part of an artistic, religious and cultural itinerary designed for visitors.
Two other mummies have recently been discovered in addition to those of the prelates: those of a woman and a girl.
At the entrance to the crypt there is a room with niches that hosts the mummies of the priests, in another room there is the ossuary and the place that was used for the treatment of the remains, with the table and tools.
The embalming took place with techniques similar to those used in ancient Egypt, and the head was covered with wax for better conservation.
On each niche there is a plate with the name of the deceased, the date of death and a sonnet that praises his work during his earthly life.
The sonnets were written by the abbot and poet Giuseppe Fedele Vitale from Gangi, author of "Sicilia liberata", also buried in the crypt.
The crypt is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 17:30, on Sundays and holidays from 10:30 to 13:30 and from 15:00 to 18:00.
Reservations for midweek visits must be made by calling the numbers: 0921 501471, 0921 689907
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