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Lat: 37° 57' 22.68680" N - Long: 15° 20' 18.28830" E
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The mummified bodies in the crypt of the Capuchin Convent arouse great impression: the corpses are the object of study.
Perhaps for religious or social reasons they have been subjected to conservative treatments.
On the inner walls of the crypt some niches are inserted, under the floor an ossuary is located.
Along the entire perimeter, a frame is inserted, on which 9 wooden boxes rest.
Above the niches there are as many columbaria, some of which display human skulls.
Other mummified bodies are contained in showcases or funeral homes variously placed on the floor.
The construction of the Crypt was started at the beginning of the 17th century to preserve the remains of deceased Capuchin fathers.
Later this became a real "cemetery of notables": the mummified bodies belong to high prelates and nobles.
These are doctors, notaries, judges, merchants, lawyers and their respective noble or emerging families and of illustrious local clergy who also come from the same families.
The type of burial and treatment had to differ in relation to the power of the character and his economic possibilities.
Savoca mummies are now at serious risk if they are not provided with adequate measures for their conservation.
Only the mummies in the niches have been the subject of a detailed examination which has allowed us to highlight their state of preservation, sex, height, age, state of health at the time of death and some pathologies visible at the macroscopic level.
The conservation status was good for 9 of the 17 mummies examined.
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