Located south of Trozado Hill, the Santa Paula Municipal Pantheon was opened on March 13, 1861 and although it was not yet finished, it began operations on this date.
The Santa Paula Pantheon is a magical place with a mysterious atmosphere, and the beauty of its niches, tombs and mausoleums transport us in time and space, capturing the imagination of the wary and incredulous visitor. From its belly come the mummified bodies that are exhibited in the Mummy Museum of Guanajuato.
On June 9, 1865, to the amazement of the gravediggers, the mummified body of Remigio Leroy, a French doctor, was exhumed from Niche 214 of the Pantheon’s first series. This is the first and therefore the most ancient of the Guanajuato Mummy Museum’s collection. In the early days, visits to the catacombs of the Santa Paula Pantheon to observe the mummified bodies were informal and clandestine, a practice based on the growing interest of tourists who were attracted by mysticism and curiosity.
Today the Mummy Museum of Guanajuato exhibits more than 100 mummies that have been found in the Santa Paula Pantheon and are an attraction for the City of Guanajuato. The exhibition has an introductory video about the meaning of death for Mexicans and their way of accepting it. The Mummy Museum is a must-see for those wishing to learn more about the city’s most important attractions.
The Mummies have generated great worldwide interest in visiting them and researching the reasons for mummification, which as opposed to other mummies in the world, are conserved through a natural process.
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