Mummies of Wiuwert

A crypt full of mysterious stories

In 1765 carpenters discovered a crypt with 11 coffins in the church of the small village of Wiuwert (Wieuwerd), Friesland. The bodies inside the coffins showed hardly any signs of decay. Birds that died in the crypt became mummified too. Was it the dry cool air? Was it the soil? Was it due to a mysterieus and unknown radition?

Eleven mummies

Of the eleven mummies, four remain today. The other bodies were stolen by scientists / thieves. It is believed that the dead people belonged to the Labadist, a protestant religious movement of the 17th century.

The local goldsmith

There is one person who knew more about the secret of the crypt: the local goldsmith. Bodies are better preserved in some areas of the church. The goldsmith bought the best location.

The church with the mummies in Wiuwert (Wieuwerd)
The church with the mummies in Wiuwert (Wieuwerd)

Mummies of Wiuwert Photo Gallery

Mummies in the church
Mummies in the church
Reformed Church Wiuwert
Reformed Church Wiuwert
The pulpit. The entrance to the crypt is under the altar
The pulpit. The entrance to the crypt is under the altar
Floor of the church
Floor of the church
Winter time in Wiuwert
Winter time in Wiuwert

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Adress and visitor information

Mummies of Wiuwert

Address: Terp 1
Postal code and city: 8637 VH  Wiuwert
Province: Friesland
Phone: +31 (0)58 2501778
Additional information: The crypt has limited opening times.

Monday - Saturday:

April and May: In te afternoon from 13.00-16.30 hrs
June, July and August: In the morning from 10.00-12.00 hrs
In the afternoon from 13.00-16.30 hrs
September and October: In the afternoon from 13.00-16.30 hrs.

The crypt is closed on Sunday

Let op: The location on the map is an indication. It is not always the entrance, parking lot or best route



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