Each tomb had the name of the deceased and was also decorated with simple but meaningful symbols. The most common Christian symbols used in the catacombs are:
THE FISH : in Greek fish is written ICHTHYS: each Greek letter is the initial of the words : Jesus Christ Son of God Savior.
I- stands for IESOUS - (Jesus)
CH- stands for CHRISTOS - (Christ)
TH- THEOU stands for - ( of God)
Y stands for UIOS - ( Son )
S- stands for SOTER - (Salvatore )
- The MONOGRAM OF CHRIST: it is composed of two Greek letters of the alphabet , X ( chi) and P (ro), woven together . They are the first two letters of the Greek word Xristos , that means Christ . -
- The ANCHOR: meaning the hope in the promise of a future life .
- A DOVE with an olive branch in its beak : a symbol recalling the salvation of Noah after the flood. Consequently it symbolizes the idea of the soul in a heavenly peace