Mummies on display in Capuchin monastery

The mummified remains of over 8,000 monks and city luminaries make for a strange tourist destination, but that is what visitors will find at the Capuchin Catacombs in Palermo, Sicily. The remains date from the 16th century.

The catacombs were constructed when the original cemetery was filled and were originally intended for the monks of the monastery. Soon, however, the wealthy began requesting burial in the tomb, complete with clothing of the latest fashion and instructions to have it changed at regular intervals.