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Capuchin Catacombs, Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Tourist attractions don’t get much more macabre than the Capuchin Catacombs in Palermo, home to the largest collection of mummies on Earth, with more than 8,000 corpses lining the walls and giving the creepiest of welcomes for those who are brave enough to visit.

Some of the bodies are set in poses and many are clothed and with so much death on display, it’s little surprise that the result is so unsettling.

The oldest corpse here dates back to 1599, the most recent to the 1920s, one of the last to be interred a two-year-old girl called Rosalia Lombardo, whose body is so well preserved that she is known as Sleeping Beauty.

The catacombs are dark and dusty, the air is musty, while bodies of all shapes and sizes lurk in every corner. Morbid and macabre, you wouldn’t want to get locked in here with the resident 1,252 mummies after dark.