One of the largest catacombs in Rome. At the foot of the stairs, to the right, is the Basilica of SS. Nereo and Achilleo, built on the tomb of the two martyrs in 395AD. To the left of the basilica is the Flavian Hypogeum from the 2nd century; to the right are two cubicles with 2nd century frescoes.
One of Rome’s most important catacombs. Contains 2nd century frescoes. The Madonna col bambino e Isaia, dating to the mid 2nd century, is the oldest image of the Madonna in a catacomb.
Catacombs of Rome’s Hebrew community, which has existed since the time of the late Republic. Major period of development of the catacombs was between the 3rd and 4th centuries.
These catacombs are similar to the Christian in construction and decoration. Rather than actual figures, however , there are symbols such as the Ark of the Covenant, palms and the seven-branched candelabrum. Inscriptions are mainly in Greek .
Existing from the 3rd century and used up to the fifth, it consists of three levels.
It is not very large but has all the characteristic of all other Christian burials, except the frescoes. On the other site is very well connected by B line subway, sant’Agnese/Annibaliano stop. This catacomb is worth the visit due to the proximity of the splendid Mausoleum of Santa Costanza with its 4th century mosaics. The remains of the 4th century constantinian basilica and the actual one.
Situated on four underground levels and extending for several kilometers, have not yet been completely explored.
Noteworthy are several 3rd, 7th and 8th centuries frescoes.
It’s renowed for the Crypt of the Popes. The tomb of St. Cecilia was in one of the cubicles before the sarcophagus of the saint was removed in the 9th century to the church bearing her name.
A large park surround this catacomb: by the entrance is the Domine quo Vadis church, at the end the church of St Sebastian and the old Appian Way.
This is the oldest Christian catacomb in Rome and the only one always known throughout the centuries. The site of this Christian burial gave the name to all catacombs. Its importance lasted also thanks to the church of St. Sebastian and the memory of the apostles. During Emperor Valerian’s persecution in 258AD, the bodies of the Saints Peter and Paul were hidden in the catacomb where they were kept for 40 years.
The ‘memoria apostolorum’, ancient site where the early Christians pay tribute to the apostles, is part of the tour. Noteworthy are three hypogeal of the 1st century and epigraphs of the 5th century.
My favorite catacomb because of its beauty, history and significance. The location is within the walking distance from the Circus of Maxentius, the mausoleum of Romolos, the mausoleum of Cecilia Metella and the stroll along the Appian Way.
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