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Capuchin Crypt Brno
Human Mummy
Brno
Biographical Information
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Age varied
Sex m
Status religious
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Culture Czech
Date(s) 16 - 18th c
Site Capuchin Crypt in Brno
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The bodies found in the Capuchin Crypt date back hundreds of years, but they were only recently rediscovered and open to the public. Here church members and monks have been buried directly below the main alter of the monastery up until the 18th century. Only 24 of the original 200 mummies remain. Monks and supporters of the religious order were buried in the cellar until the end of the 18th century

Mummification

The Capuchin Crypt in Brno is a funeral room found in in a Capuchin Monastery in the mid 17th century. The bodies of people buried there unintentionally turned into mummies because of the geological composition of the ground, which had a unique soil structure.


Additional

A notable member buried in the crypt was Baron Frantz Trenck, a member of Austrian Imperial Army born in 1711. He died while in prison for treason but was still given his own room in the crypt complete with a glass coffin.

The monks were laid to rest on a simple wooden plank on the ground, with their heads resting on a brick. In their hands, a rosary.

External Links

"Brno - Czech Republic." Brno Sights - Capuchin Crypt, Spilberk, Tugendhat. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2017. <http://www.brno.me/sights.html

Gorman, Ryan. "The Mummies of the Monastery: Church Puts on Display Monks Preserved with Their Robes and Rosaries for Hundreds of Years." Daily Mail Online. Associated Newspapers, 06 June 2014. Web. 15 Jan. 2017. <http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2650385/Pictured-The-mummies-buried-underground-crypt-clutching-rosaries-hundreds-years.html>.

"Mummy." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2017. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mummy>.

Orchestrion's Homepage. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2017. <http://www.orchestrion.cz/mummy.htm>.

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