Mystery of the Berlin Mummies

Unlike the famous mummies of Egypt, the preserved corpses lying in the crypt of a Berlin church are almost unknown. Although they are nearer to us in space, time and philosophy, no one is quite sure why hundreds of 18th-century German nobles were mummified.

One speculation is connected to the location of the finds in Protestant-dominated areas: believing in the resurrection of the body, perhaps these nobles feared that they could not be taken to Heaven if their mortal remains were decomposed when the Last Trumpet sounded.