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Quarter Calatafimi: photo description (Calatafimi quartiere)

Quarter Calatafimi is famous for two attractions - Carthaginian cemetery and the Capuchin monastery. The first is dated 6 - 4 centuries BC, when Palermo was under the rule of the Carthaginians. In fact, they founded the city around 600 BC on the site of an ancient trading settlement. The cemetery consists of approximately 70 graves, most of which is a dug pits in the ground. Almost all the artifacts found here can be seen today in the Archaeological Museum of Palermo. But some vintage items buried together with the dead, remained - for example, pottery, tools and jewelry. They are displayed in several glass cases at the entrance to the cemetery. In two graves, you can see human skeletons.

Another noteworthy place Calatafimi - producing scary Capuchin monastery with its vast catacombs full of mummified remains. The monks began to mummify and embalm the body of the deceased members of the noble families of Palermo after the construction of the monastery in the mid 16th century and continued until the early 20th century. The last mummy was made in 1920.

Mummies dressed in their best suits, were stacked along the walls of the catacombs, where they are to this day. Among the most notable "exhibits" - the officer in the form of the 18th century and the cocked hat and well-preserved body of a 7 year old girl named Rosalia, who was the last embalmed.

As for the Capuchin monastery, it was substantially rebuilt in the early 20th century. In it you can see a few small sculptures of famous masters of Ignazio Marabitti and collection of ancient manuscripts. Here is the tomb of Giuseppe Tommasi, the author of one of the best works of Sicilian literature - "Leopard". His body was not embalmed, and buried in the cemetery near the catacombs.