The Capuchins - a religious order, began its existence in the Middle Ages. Starting with the XVI-th century, under the monastery. This was due to a large number of members of the monastic order and the need for a spacious cemetery. It all started with the crypt of the church (a place for the relics in each temple) and then the monks began to dig the tunnels, where the dead were located. A century later, the monks noticed that the soil and air in the catacombs have balsamic properties. Then, besides the monks in the catacombs were buried and just the rich patrons of the Order. The last person who posted here was Rosalia Lombardo (this happened in 1920). The girl remained almost perfect (see second photo).
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