Skulls in the Fontanelle Cemetery

Skulls in the Fontanelle Cemetery in Naples, Italy.

Fontanelle Cemetery, Naples, Italy

The Fontanelle Cemetery in Naples, Italy, is an ossuary, a charnel house. In the past, they were stacked in a tuff quarry the corpses of the great plague of 1656 and the 1836 cholera. In this ossuary Neapolitans spontaneously developed a real cult of the dead. People adopted and took care of the skulls hoping to receive favors.

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