The embalmer, Alfredo Salafia, then mummified Rosalia Lombardo so perfectly that her internal organs are still intact a century later. I, too, never heard of little Rosalia and found the story heart-wrenching. Creepy, yet really draws me into curiosity.

R.I.P I HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME IN GODS HANDS NOW BEAUTIFUL MUMMY. Piombino-Mascali made this discovery when he noticed that the mummy’s case had been moved by workers at the museum, which caused her to shift slightly, allowing him to see her eyelids better than ever before. LaThing from From a World Within, USA on February 05, 2013: Interesting hub! During the wet days it is possible the eyes of the mummy swell and during the dry ones they close back. So, when the light changes and hits her eyes at different angles, it can appear as though the eyes are opening. Houses for sale in Sicily for 1 euro. This enclosure is monitored digitally by the Institute for Mummies and the Iceman, and is filled with nitrogen gas to prevent further decay by killing anything that could enter the enclosure. Voted up and interesting. Her father, Mario Lombardo asked a noted embalmer Alfredo Salafia to preserve her body. fahad ansari from Greater Noida on January 13, 2015: it was the great discovery in the world of archeology and also science. Rosalia Lombardo is indeed the last embalmed body admitted in the Capuchin catacombs of Palermo, also known as the capuchin crypt. Her father was so heartbroken at the loss of his daughter that he asked a local embalmer and taxidermist, Alfredo Salafia, to mummify her. This is a false news because after a ray x test , it has been showed this is the true mummy of the little girl, the test also showed the brain and the well preserved inner organs.

Thanks to her skills, she also founded three websites in English: Sicilyonweb, Advicesbooks and Freelanceitalianwriter. Nearly 100 years after her death, Rosalia looks unnervingly alive. GOD BLESS YOU AND AMERICAN. For nearly a century, the exact formula remained a mystery, lost to the grave with Salafia. Hi , I do consider this is a superior website. Some say she was the daughter of a wealthy Sicilian noble, a general in the Italian military named Mario Lombardo.

The x-ray of Rosalia showing her brain and liver intact. In reality, Rosalia Lombardo died with the half-open eyes. Have a wonderful week. Bet the skeptics did not know that..... Annabelle Johnson from Charente, France on June 12, 2014: I found this well written and informative hub really interesting and it held my attention all the way through. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Rosalia Lombardo’s father, official Mario Lombardo, was severely upset by the death of his loved daughter and contacted a famous Sicilian embalmer, Alfredo Salafia, to preserve the body of Rosalia. Her father was so grief-stricken that he sought the aid of an embalmer to preserve his child.

rosalia is my favorite by far. Why Does This Child Mummy Appear to Open And Close Her Eyes? Sicily weather is, indeed, typically Mediterranean and with a high rate of moisture.

Her father, Mario Lambardo who was a General, was so struck with grief when Rosalia Lombardo died that he couldn’t part with her and wanted her placed in the Capuchin Catacombs. What happened to the babie's Mother? s.async = true; The body was moved to a drier spot in the catacombs, her original coffin was placed in a hermetically sealed glass enclosed with nitrogen gas to prevent decay. “They are not completely closed, and indeed they have never been,” he said. Embalmer Alfredo Salafia performed the procedure that would preserve Rosalia.

The sleeping angel of gods phenomenon. Indeed, it is difficult to gaze upon the tiny body in the glass coffin and not believe that she will awaken at any moment. Learn how your comment data is processed. - No machine-readable source provided. Humans have kind of have shiny skin, but it is not that shiny. Her body was one of the last corpses to be admitted to the Capuchin catacombs of Palermo in Sicily. Erin Hennessy from Minnesota, United States on January 25, 2015: I've always been fascinated with Rosalia's story. According to the curator of the catacombs, Dario Piombino-Mascali, this was an optical illusion due to the light that enters into the catacombs. And most hauntingly, her crystal blue irises are visible underneath her blonde eyelashes. The general, according to legend, wanted to preserve his only daughter for eternity and consequentially contacted Alfredo Salafia to embalm her. I still have the photo I took of her. Nice hub, Jasonponic..!

Having lost a son, I view the story froma different perspective. First I would like to compliment you on your English, it is excellent and this article is well written. Anyway, unwilling to accept the death of the daughter, the official Mario Lombardo preferred to embalm the body and bury it in the Capuchin catacombs in Palermo. Still sealed inside her tiny glass coffin, Rosalia sleeps, her little head pokes above a fading silk blanket. I will never forget my visit. Leica Microsystems. They discovered not only a skeletal structure but that her organs were still intact. i dont know why but for some reason i have been fascinated with mummies for about three or four years.

The way they've preserved even the internal organs. Uh what's on the teen rendition of the mummy's face? Carla J Swick from NW PA on May 24, 2013: Weird and fascinating story! p.parentNode.insertBefore(s,p); I am glad you shared it. Disturbingly beautiful-scientifically fascinating- unforgettable. There are enough existing ones but to constantly use camera and flash on this little girl is very sad as this is supposed to be her chosen resting place.

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