Capuchin Catacombs, no no it is not a name of some coffee type, it is a place in Sicily, Italy famous for preserving world’s best mummies. Out of these best one of them belongs to a little girl from Italy Rosalia Lombardo. Now, why it is best? Well, to let you know, it is most popular of 8,000 mummies lining the Catacombs beneath the Capuchin convent in Palermo, Sicily.
Rosalia was only two years old when she died of pneumonia in 1920. Her father went totally devastated and shattered over her death that he decided to preserve the body of her beloved daughter. For this, he requested the famous Sicilian embalmer named Alfredo Salafia to help him in preserving Rosalia’s body. It’s been 100 years approximately that Rosalia’s body almost remained completely intact after being preserved.
People of Italy called her as the “Sleeping Beauty” of Capuchin Catacombs. Her body look so fresh and lively that it seems she is sleeping. But the most unusual thing about her mummy is many people believe and say that her she still opens and closes her eyes many times during the day.
Whereas the researchers claim that “it is an optical illusion produced by the light that filters through the side windows, which during the day is subject to change.” Researchers also say that “Rosalia’s eyes are not completely closed and indeed they have never been.” Therefore, people can still see her intact blue eyes.
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