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The mummies of Wiuwert

The mummies of Wiuwert

A crypt full of mysterious stories

Wiuwert - 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)

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Visitor information

The mummies of Wiuwert

Address: Terp 1
Zip / City: 8637 VH  Wiuwert
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

Important: The location on the map is for indication only and can differ from reality.

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