What to do in Urbania:the mummies cemetery!
A plethora of chills! Today, we suggest, among the things to do absolutely to Urbania, the visit to the Church of the Dead, where 18 mummified bodies are naturally visited and studied by curious people all over the world!
Urbania mummies: a natural miracle
The Church of the Dead, or Chapel Cola until 1836, in Urbania, still houses the so-called cemetery of mummies. Discovered two centuries ago, the bodies of 12 men and 6 women still challenge the laws of nature today. This is a phenomenon of natural mummification, but many years ago they were considered fairy bodies for the exceptional state of conservation.
This condition of integrity, including internal organs and apparatus, is due to the climatic and geologic conformation of Urbania that produced a dehydration of the tissues thanks to the constant ventilation, to the subsequent protection from natural molds.
Urbania's mummy cemetery and the relative register
Thanks to the reports of the "Brotherhood of Good Death", recorded by the church, each one is able to know personal history: there is a deceased young woman who has been caesarean, a young stabbed, or the mummy of the unfortunate who was buried alive in a state of apparent death.
Unfortunately, the finds have never been subjected to carbon dating.
They are currently exposed behind the crypt of the main altar of the church and are visible to the public.
There are still many questions that revolve around these mummies, so much to arouse interest and attract tourists from all over the world.
Credits image highlights: urban-casterdurante.it
Below we present a Rai Uno service dedicated to the mummies custodian that made it accessible to the public: Giovanni Maestrini.
(tel. 349 8195469)
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