Remigio Leroy
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Remigio Leroy
Sex Male
Status high
Height Unknown
Culture French/Mexican
Date(s)  ?-1860
Site Guanajuato, Mexico
Current Location
Location Guanajuato Mummy Museum
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French traveler, Dr. Remigio LeRoy, whose body was buried in niche 214 of the Pantheon of Santa Paula, in the city of Guanajuato, in the then Spanish viceroyalty of Mexico. Remigio Leroy was buried in 1860. In 1865 the city of Guantumo began exhuming bodies who's families were behind on paying the burial fees. Remigio Leroy is known as the 'French Doctor' and he was the first body to be removed.


The bodies in the Guanajuato grave were naturally mummified by the dry cool conditions and are sealed inside air-tight crypts, where the lack of oxygen slows the natural rate of decomposition. he was one of many crypt mummies to be exhibited in what is now known as the Museum of the Mummies of Guanajuato.


The first mummy to be disinterred from the crypt was Remigio Leroy, known as the 'French Doctor', who died during a visit to Guanajuato in the 19th century.


The Guanajuato Mummy Museum has more than 100 bodies on display, the State-run museum has been voted one of Mexico's best tourist attractions and has 4,000 visitors every week. If families can't afford the fee needed for a 20-year lease in a crypt, the bodies are handed over to museum curator for selection.

A spokesman comments: 'We have a different cultural approach to death in Mexico, here we celebrate the cycle of life and accept death....'

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