Cimitero delle Monache

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Castello Aragonese is the most important monument of Ischia, in the province of Naples in Campania. Around 1700, about 2000 families lived on the islet, including a Poor Clares convent.1.

The order used to practice a strange method of sepulture that consisted in a sort of mummification: the corps were placed on stone sittings in the “putridarium”, where they slowly decomposed. Corporal humors flow through a hole in the seat.

With the aim of meditating on the shortness of life, young nuns prayed near to the corps, contracting many diseases that led them to death.

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