If You Could

If you were to go

through these Halls


and if you could walk under these empty eyes

as they watched your every move

all by yourself

Somewhere in this place

Where death stands in every corner

and waits along the walls

you would find Rosalia Lombardo

who has been here since


and it will occur to you

as you looked down into her glass topped coffin,

that it is still 1920 for Rosalia


She will always be two years old in this place….



Note below from Famous Embalmings

Rosalia Lombardo, who died at age two on 6 December 1920 and was one of the last corpses to make it to the Capuchin catacombs of Palermo, Sicily before the local authorities banned the practice. Nicknamed the ‘Sleeping Beauty’, Rosalia’s body is still perfectly intact. Embalmed by a certain Alfredo Salafia.


More on the

Capuchin catacombs of Palermo



7 thoughts on “If You Could

  1. Anita, This is both fascinating and a little odd for our culture, but must ahve been perfectly right for that culture and time. I am always intrigued by the various customs and rituals from the past and from other cultures. Thank you for sharing the words and the pictures.


  2. An angel asleep – where do you find these things, AM, they are so fascinating.Truly attitudes to death have changed. Hoe extraordinary she has remained so well preserved – or maybe not. There is so much we don’t know about the world beyond our own small concerns..


  3. Hi All I’m glad you enjoyed your visit with Rosalia…this is on my list of places to visit. Ok so I only see what lies beneath.

    I can live with that.

    You know…while I’m alive


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