This is just one of the many secrets of the Catholic Church: Unbelievable jeweled skeletons discovered in the Catacombs of Rome are an amazing historical discovery that shows another side of the religious leaders from almost 500 years ago.
In 1578, the amazing labyrinth network of tombs was discovered deep beneath the streets of Rome, where these skeletons of early Christian martyrs were found covered in jewels.
These skeletons were ornamented with precious jewels and gold because they were considered to be the last remains of Christian saints and this is actually where they got their name from: “The Catacomb Saints”. Not all of the skeletons were found covered in jewels, some of them of simply ornamented afterwards while they were sent to different catholic countries across Europe, most of them winding up in Germany.
Paul Koudounaris is the photographer that captured all these secrets of the Catholic Church, portraying the unbelievable jeweled skeletons discovered in the Catacombs of Rome. His book entitled “Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures & Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs” is available on Amazon if you want to discover more of the secrets behind these unbelievable jeweled skeletons.