If This Little Girl Died Nearly 100 Years Ago, Why Do Her Eyes Still Open in Her Coffin?

Rosalia Lombardo is known as “Sleeping Beauty.”

When she died in 1920, her body was embalmed by Alfredo Salafia. His method of embalming left her body very much in tact, making her one of the world’s best preserved mummies.

Although not much is known about her life (aside from the fact that she died of pneumonia), after her death, people discovered something incredibly spine-chilling about her body. Many people believe that little Rosalia opens and closes her eyes while resting in her glass casket.

But how is this possible if she’s been dead for nearly 100 years?

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According to Dario Piombino-Mascali, curator of the Capuchin Catacombs in Sicily, it’s simply a phenomenon.

It’s “an optical illusion produced by the light that filters through the side windows, which during the day is subject to change,” he said in a statement Thursday.

What you think you’re seeing is just an optical illusion. Apparently, her eyes are “not completely closed, and indeed they have never been,” Piombino-Mascali added.

Either way, it still seems freaky to us!