Photographer Elizabeth Harper has captured some beautifully haunting images of the skeleton sculptures and drawings carved into the churches of Rome as holy reminders of death. Many of these works are over 300 years old.

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Hodie mihi, cras tibi means Today me, tomorrow you

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However, “[t]hough the skeleton may only say, ‘You are going to die,’ for some that implies, ‘You haven’t lived yet.’ ” Click here for the full Atlas Obscura article.

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All photos in this post by Elizabeth Harper.

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