Today’s interesting place/weird thing is the Capuchin Catacombs in Palermo where 8000 mummies are on display. The catacombs where opened in 1599 and were originally a burial place for the monks of the Capuchin monastery where the bodies of the monks were embalmed or sealed in glass caskets. Later the catacombs were opened for regular people to be buried in as well and it became a status symbol to be entombed there. The catacombs officially closed in 1880 but the last burials are from the 1920s. One of the last to be interred was two year old Rosalia Lombardo who’s body is one of the most famous and best preserved of the place.
Click below if you want to see photos of the catacombs. I’m not throwing photos of mummies in your face in case you find that kind of stuff too disturbing.
Photos from Wikipedia.
Here you can look at more photos of the catacombs.