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Eram quod es, eris quod sum by Aloba Eram quod es, eris quod sum by Aloba
The Fontanelle cemetery in Naples (Italy) is a charnel house, an ossuary, located in a cave in the tuff hillside in the Materdei section of the city. It is the source of a fascinating chapter in the folklore of the city. By the time the Spanish moved into the city in the early 16th century, there was already concern over where to locate cemeteries, and moves had been taken to locate graves outside of the city walls. Many Neapolitans, however, insisted on being interred in their local churches. To make space in the churches for the newly interred, undertakers started removing earlier remains outside the city to the cave, the future Fontanelle cemetery. The remains were interred shallowly and then joined in 1656 by thousands of anonymous corpses, victims of the great plague of that year.

The cult of devotion to the skulls of the Fontanelle cemetery lasted into the mid-20th century. In 1969, Cardinal Ursi of Naples decided that such devotion had degenerated into fetishism and ordered the cemetery to be closed. It has recently undergone restoration as a historical site and may be visited.

Eram quod es, eris quod sum
I was what you are, you will be what I am
Yo era lo que tú eres, tú serás lo que soy

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JohnK222 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
Dang. It makes you wonder who each of them were.
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Aloba Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Yes you are right, if you were there I'm sure that you will take a time to think about how short is life
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Sir-Catherine Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Fascinating history. I can see why a following would develop with so many dead and so much history in one place. Sadly, I can also see such a following getting out of hand and thus the closing. I'm glad it's being reworked into a historical site.
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Aloba Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
It's important to keep the historical memory and don't let it fall into oblivion. Thanks for the comment ;)
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LysCarou Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Tú no paras, eh? Mira que ya no se te ve por la universidad. Perdido andas. Perdido! XD
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Aloba Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Pues es verdad que no te veo por allí, tu sabras donde te metes!! :P
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