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Chiesa dei Morti (Church of the Dead)By Anthony Parente
Back when the town was called Casteldurante the Confraternita della Buona Morte (Brotherhood of the Good Death) was established. They were formed in 1567 to provide all the necessary burial services for the poor. They maintained detailed records of each person they interred in a designated area behind the church, which at the time was called Cappella Cola.
Instead of moving the bodies outside the town limits they placed them in the church sealed in glass displays. There is an old pirate saying, "Dead men tell no tales," but each of these mummified bodies has a tale to tell of just how they died. The Brotherhood took care of the poor, the social outcasts of society who in most cases had violent and tragic deaths. If you look at the mummies you will see just how violent some of these deaths were. If you enjoy the macabre then this place is certainly a destination you do not want to miss.
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