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Creepy catacombs become tourist attraction in Italy

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Fully clothed human remains of Rosalia Lombardo, two years old, is displayed at the Capuchin Catacombs in Palermo, southern Italy, January 31, 2011. The catacombs, frequented by tourists, contain thousands of remains of clerics, nobility, and families of local citizens dating from about the mid-16th century, well preserved due to an ancient and highly effective embalming process. Originally intended for friars of the Capuchin monastery, the catacombs evolved, with the aid of donations, into a place where family members would visit, spend time with and even change the clothes of the deceased. Lombardo was the last burial held in the 1920s.

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Fully clothed human remains, representing some of the world's best-preserved bodies, are displayed at the Capuchin Catacombs in Palermo.

Tony Gentile / Reuters

Tony Gentile / Reuters

 I've seen pictures from this place before, but everytime I see them, I still find it fascinating.