Cemetery of cloistress (Cimitero delle monache), Aragonese castle
Tourists can see only one place in the monastery, the most unexpected and amazing.
Stone steps lead to a dark dungeon under the walls of the Immaculate conception church.
Downstairs there are several rooms with stone seats along the walls. The first thing that comes to mind is the latrine. But in fact it is the tomb of the nuns.
The bodies of the deceased cloisters were seated on these seats, where their flesh slowly decomposed. Decomposition products were drained into special containers, the process continued until only bones remained. After that, the skeletons were transferred to a common crypt.
Clarissine daily down here for prayer and meditation, several hours inhaling fumes, is not conducive to health. This ritual served as a remarkable example of the vanity of carnal existence, and forced to consider the body as a temporary repository of the soul. The uselessness of material remains was also emphasized by the fact that the bones were put into a common grave.