Enter the Dark, Eerie World of Italy’s Catacombs (PHOTOS)

Warning: The above images are not for the faint of heart. 

The Capuchin Monastery in Palermo, Italy, is the final resting place for around 8,000 people, much of whom were friars and well-known locals.

Hanging skeletons, skulls perched atop altars, and decomposed bodies line the cold, dry basement.

The monastery began placing people in catacombs beneath the building after it outgrew the original cemetery in 1599.

If you visit Palermo, you’re actually allowed to go inside and tour the catacombs, though, there are iron grills surrounding the dead to prevent people from disturbing the dead.

Check out the slideshow above.

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