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Rosalia: The Sleeping Beauty Of Capuchin Catacombs

Life is fleeting and fate is fickle. No matter what decisions we make in life the truth is that we all have that last great journey ahead of us, and for all our efforts, all we can do is hope to reschedule. In 1920 the young Rosalia Lombardo met her untimely end due to an unfortunate bout of pneumonia. She was tragically only 2 years old at the time of her passing. Her father was so distraught that he reached out to Alfredo Salafia, a noted embalmer, in an attempt to preserve her memory and body for the ages. She was then interred in the Capuchin catacombs of Palermo in Sicily; one of the last people to be admitted to the catacombs. In 2009 she was removed from her original spot and placed in a hermetically sealed glass enclosure that was pumped full of nitrogen to help continue preserve her. She has been nicknamed the Sleeping Beauty of the Capuchin Catacombs because she is so well persevered she appears only to be sleeping.

On a creepier note, due to the environment where she is housed she actually appears to blink from time to time, which only adds to the illusion of living. This is actually an optical illusion caused by the shifting of light through her glass enclosure.

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She was taken far too early.

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Several x-rays have revealed that many of her organs are still well preserved.

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Salafia’s embalming notes were discovered in 2009 and paint him as fairly imaginative and advanced in his thinking.

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She has become a beloved attraction over the year as tourists visit to pay their respects and say prayers over her.

For more information on Rosalia check out the video below.

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