Found around the world, catacombs were originally used to house the surplus of bones from overflowing cemeteries. These ossuaries were blessed and consecrated before the bones were moved in. Priests and monks arranged the bones in ways that ranged from simple stacking to making incredible displays that are true works of art. Today, many catacombs are open to the public to view. Check out Paul Koudounaris' book Memento Mori for incredible photos.
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