The mystery of the sleeping beauty: the mummy, which winks to the tourists

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Sleeping beauty — a perfectly preserved mummy of two girls
Angelic face of a little girl Rosalia Lombardo mesmerizing beauty. Plump, soft cheeks and closed eyes – so it remains more than a century. The body of two year old Rosalia was embalmed by special technology, and today «the Sleeping beauty» is considered the most well preserved mummy in the world. However, this mummy has its own mystery that shocked everyone, who dares to look at her.

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The Mummy Of Rosalia Lombardo

Little Rosalia was only two years old when she died of pneumonia in 1920. Inconsolable father, not knowing how to survive the pain of loss, turned for help to the well-known actions and the Taxidermist Alfred Salafi with a request to preserve the body of the angelic child. Specialist coped with the task perfectly: a century body crumbs have lain in the burial catacombs in Palermo (Italy). The girl’s body looked great, I thought she was asleep for a while and is about to Wake up. Chubby cheeks, elegant hairstyles with bow – Rosalia looked like alive.

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Modern study of the mummy

When scientists found the mummified body of Rosalia, gave her the name «Sleeping beauty». After the body x-rays, was struck in the internal organs preserved imperishable. Today the body of Rosalia Lombardo is considered one of the best preserved mummies worldwide.

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The body of the sleeping beauty on the x-ray

Have mummy Rosalia and its mystery: the visitors who come with tour to the catacombs, I assure you that it is possible to notice how the girl shows a glimpse of blue eyes. What he saw caused fear among tourists. According to one version, the effect of «winks» occurs because of temperature changes inside the crypt, the eyelid skin gets used to reveal the pupils. However, the caretaker of the exhibition Dario Piombino-Mascali believes that winking eye – optical illusion. As soon as the sun lights up the catacombs, the rays fall on the girl’s face, eyes look ajar. During the day this phenomenon can be observed several times. The answer to the question found in 2009, when the Museum moved the casket girls, and it became clear that the forever parted.

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Sleeping beauty winks to the visitors of the catacombs

Interestingly, Dario found relatives and so talented, and they have preserved the documents with a detailed description of the procedure of embalming the body. Instead of having to remove all the internal organs, Alfred Salafi made a puncture in the body and gradually introduced one after the other substances, which ensured the perfect preservation of the body over time. Formalin killed bacteria, glycerol was used to prevent drying of the body, salicylic acid was used as antifungal agent. In addition, Salafi used the chloride of zinc, that the body is stiffened and will not have gaps in the cheeks and nasal cavity.

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The mummy of Rosalia Lombardo in the burial catacombs
Загадка спящей красавицы: мумия, которая подмигивает туристам
Sleeping beauty — a perfectly preserved mummy of two girls

«Sleeping beauty» — one of eight thousand mummies that are in the catacombs of the Capuchins in Sicily.
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