St. Nicholas Church – Gommern, Germany - Atlas Obscura

Gommern, Germany

St. Nicholas Church

The resting place of 18th century German mummies. 

St. Nicholas Church in the small German town of Nedlitz seems like an ordinary place of worship, but inside are seven mummies preserved not with embalming techniques, but with a breeze and a bone-dry crypt.

In April of 2013, the church put two of its best-preserved mummies, those of Johanna Juliane Pforte and Robert Christian von Hake, both over 200 years old, on display in the church for all to see. They stand as modern symbols of the region’s history, as well as a study in the region’s 18th-century burial culture.

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