Skeletons Found Beneath Rome Are Decorated With Stunning Jewels

Skeletons Found Beneath Rome Are Decorated With Stunning Jewels
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Have you seen the corpses lavishly decorated with gold and precious stones? Many historical incidents carry wonders, surprises, and mysteries. Some of them will make your jaw drop. And the story of catacomb saints is one of them. 
Catacombs of Rome includes the tombs of early Christian saints. The skeletons of the most important Christian leaders were discovered in 1578. Most of the skeletons were distributed across Europe as the replacements of the holy artifacts were destroyed or harmed during the Protestant Reformation. Once delivered, the skeletons were adorned with the lavish costumes and precious jewels. After that, the fascinating corpses were displayed at many places, and many of them remain to reveal to the public.

Paul Koudounaris, an author and photographer from Los Angeles in his book 'Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures & Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs' depicts the existence and mystery of those saints. This is how people show respect to these great leaders. 
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The jewel-encrusted skeletons are displayed in European churches.

The jewel-encrusted skeletons are displayed in European churches.

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Those saints who remained faithful to the Catholic Church received a significant respect after death.

Those saints who remained faithful to the Catholic Church received a significant respect after death.

These jeweled skeletons carry great importance to those who believe in an afterlife.

These jeweled skeletons carry great importance to those who believe in an afterlife.

Nuns were the ones who decorated these skeletons magically.

Nuns were the ones who decorated these skeletons magically.

Many of the skeletons are of Rome's lost martyrs.

Many of the skeletons are of Rome's lost martyrs.

Paul also captured the fingers of female saint glittering with colorful rubies and pearls.

Paul also captured the fingers of female saint glittering with colorful rubies and pearls.

One more beauty from the Crypt.

One more beauty from the Crypt.

In his book, Paul says death has never looked so beautiful.

 In his book, Paul says death has never looked so beautiful.

Koudounaris had to photograph these skeletons through the glass.

Koudounaris had to photograph these skeletons through the glass.

He used personal Windex to capture the historical images.

He used personal Windex to capture the historical images.

It was quite not easy for him to find the right angle through the glass.