Italy’s most ghoulish site, this crypt houses thousands of corpses, fully dressed and hung from hooks. The practice began in 1599 when local priests mummified a holy monk and allowed visitors. Soon regular residents of Palermo wanted to be remembered in this fashion. Bodies are arranged by gender and profession; their facial expressions often eerily visible.
Human Head Encased in an Iron Cage - U721448INP - Rights Managed - Stock Photo - Corbis. Original caption:An aged human skeleton encased in an iron cage, which was found by boys at play in the sands at Hempstead, L.I., grim evidence it is believed of early pirates' torture devices.