02 Aug '11, 5pm

10 Creepiest Abandoned Morgues on Earth

In French, “morgue” means “to look at solemnly, to defy.” The word was used to describe a mortuary in Paris, operational during the mid-15th century, in which bodies were laid out to be publicly identified. The famous French novelist Emile Zola has a singularly graphic description in his book Therese Requin (1867), where he wrote: "He went straight to the glass separating the spectators from the corpses, and with his pale face against it, looked. Facing him appeared rows of grey slabs, and upon them, here and there, the naked bodies formed green and yellow, white and red patches. While some retained their natural condition in the rigidity of death, others seemed like lumps of bleeding and decaying meat."

Full article: http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/news-morgues-attempt-2

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