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Reliquary of Mary Magdalene [Made in Tuscany, Italy] (17.190.504) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Italy’s most ghoulish site, this crypt houses thousands of corpses, fully dressed and hung from hooks. The practice began in 1599 when local priests mummified a holy monk and allowed visitors. Soon regular residents of Palermo wanted to be remembered in this fashion. Bodies are arranged by gender and profession; their facial expressions often eerily visible.

Constructed in 133 AD, Trajan's Column in ancient Rome commemorates Roman emperor Trajan's victory in the Dacian Wars. The column is approximately 98 feet tall, excluding its base and is decorated with carvings depicting Trajan's two victories against the Dacians. This photograph is of a small section of the column.