At the end of the Catacombs of Capuchin in Palermo, Sicily, in the southern part of Italy lies the body of a real-life “Sleeping Beauty”.
But contrary to the famous fairy tale, she is not a maiden who awaits for her prince and her true love’s kiss.
This sleeping beauty was once a two-year child named Rosalia Lombardo who died of pneumonia in the 1920’s. Her little body rests in the chapel at the end of the catacombs, enclosed in a glass top coffin and placed above a wooden pedestal.
Rosalia’s body has been very well preserved.
She looks like she’s just fallen into a deep sleep.
The Catacombs of Capuchin.
The young girl’s early demise devastated her father, General Mario Lombardo.
He sought the help of a Chemistry professor, embalmer, and taxidermist, Alfredo Salafia.
Because of Salafia’s method, even the little girl’s organs remained surprisingly intact. His technique remained a secret for a very long time until his handwritten journals were recently discovered.
Aside from his once secret embalming technique, people had been wondering why Rosalia’s eyes seem to open and close from time to time!
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Many cultures believe in preserving the body of the dead for use in the afterlife. Whatever reasons Rosalia’s bereaved father had–thanks to Salafia–his little girl is now considered the most beautiful mummy in the world.
What do you think?
Toddler Left Alone at Home with Dead Mom for Three Days
Such a tragedy for a young boy….
A three-year-old boy was stranded with his mother’s lifeless body for three days.
After days of not seeing and hearing from Lydia Macdonald and her son Mason Martin, concerned relatives and neighbours called the police in the Lickley Court area of Perth and asked them to investigate.
Inside Lydia’s residence, investigators were shocked to discover the lifeless body of the 28-year-old mother. But they were even more surprised to see the youngster beside his mom’s corpse....
She Went to Prom in an Ambulance and Woke Up After She Got Kissed by Her Prince Charming.
This photo of a teenage girl arriving at her school prom in an ambulance stirred controversy.
Ashvonn Russell wanted to make her high school prom memorable so she decided to show up at the momentous event in an ambulance.
Apparently, the dance hosted by local Key Club in Bahamas ran a contest for the “Best Entrance” in the event. Determined to bring home the award, Russell came up with the brilliant idea of dressing up as Sleeping Beauty and arriving in an ambulance.
To cap off her grand arrival, Russell remained asleep on the stretcher until her prom date Johnny Auguste a.k.a. Prince Charming kissed her....
Homeless Man Who Wanted To Be ‘Adventurous,’ Rescued By Firefighters From A Tiny Storm Drain!
He said he was stuck in the very tiny space for three days!
Stories of people and animals getting stuck in a small place or two always get to our hearts. For whatever reason, no law-abiding citizen deserves to be stranded and be rejected of their freedom. But in the case of the story we found, we are not sure if the entrapment incident of a man was self-induced or not. Although this story happened for quite some time now, we think it is still worth sharing as the circumstances under which it happened are quite interesting.
A man, whose name was not identified, was found stuck in a storm drain outside the Centennial Sportsplex in Nashville, TN. After someone heard his yells, firefighters came to the rescue and kept on drilling and sledging for almost an hour to free the man. The mission was so delicate since the man was stuck face down in a very tiny space. The rescue operation was successful but the investigation as to why the man was stuck there in the first place has not found a concrete direction.
When the man, who the police believe is homeless, was asked why and how he got there, he initially said that he wanted to be adventurous but then he changed his statement and instead testified that he was being chased. The man also claimed that he has been in there for three days! Although skepticism is all around the angles of this story, we are still glad that the man was saved -- regardless of how and why he was stuck in the first place....