The Room in Which You Die

One thing I found interesting while travelling throughout Europe was the various occasions on which I would behold the room in which a notable person had died or, at least, a reproduction of it.

Nowadays, it is so common for people to die in hospitals but just imagine if you died in your own room and then it became a tourist attraction for centuries to come.

While in tracing the footsteps of St. Teresa of Avila in Spain, I visited Alba de Tormes and came upon the representation of her death in her room of the convent pictured above.

Another memorable visit was to a room in which someone had died was at the Keats-Shelley House next to the Spanish Steps in Rome.

In the early twentieth century, the rooms in which the Romantic poet John Keats and his friend Joseph Severn had lived became of interest to some American writers who took up residence there. After a visiting American poet came to see the room in which Keats had died, he convened some influential figures who cooperated to purchase the home and established the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association.

Visiting the Keats-Shelley Museum, featuring the room in which Keats died, is ranked #95 of 2,079 things to do in Rome on Tripadvisor.

If your room was going to be the room in which you die and if it were going to be on permanent display, would you change anything about it?

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