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.
Death & Gravestone Symbolism. Death is life's ending. Because everyone who is born eventually dies, it is the center of many traditions and organizations. Customs relating to death are a feature of every culture around the world. Part of those customs are symbols, which signify or try to make sense of the phenomena
Statuary -colour manipulated- by Thomas Lieser | onkel_wart, in Vienna, Austria. Colour altered version via: http://followthewestwind.tumblr.com/post/61521967716 [Please keep photo credit and original links if reusing or repinning. Thanks!]