I think it’s such a privilege when a church allows you into the crypt to view the resting place of the dead. I urge you to pay St Michan’s church in Dublin’s inner city a visit and go on their tour to see these wonderful mummified corpses.
I’ve never seen a sight like this before. These mummified corpses are caked in dust and the corpse you see lying at the back is known as the ‘Crusader’. He measures 6 and a half feet and his legs were broken and tucked underneath him to fit him into the coffin. He has a raised hand and at one time visitors were encouraged to shake it. Would you?
There are stories to tell about the other occupants, but I shall leave you to find these out for yourself by seeing them for real. St Michan’s in Dublin has a link with Bram Stoker as his mother’s family has a burial plot within the graveyard.
The photograph you see below is not connected with St Michan’s. This is the site that greeted me when I peered through a wooden gate in a graveyard in Louth. So many skulls and bones lying there.
I loved my visit to Ireland and I never knew that I would come so close to viewing the resting places of the dead up close. There’s so much to see and do, wonderful churches, ruins and abandoned houses. I need to return!