The term “catacombs” appeared from Latin catatumbas “at the graves,” from cata -” among” + tumbas, accusative plural of tumba “tomb.” The Roman Catacombs are one of city wonders. Precisely, catacombs are underground Christian or Jewish burial places, some of them were discovered only in recent decades. Moreover, the Etruscans used to bury their dead in underground chambers. The original Roman custom was cremation, but from about the 2nd century AD, an inhumation became more fashionable. For Christians burial method was especially important because of their belief in bodily resurrection at the Second Coming. Moreover, among unusual catacombs is the Museum and Crypt of Capuchin Friars (Museo e Cripta dei Frati Cappuccini), where Capuchin monks were buried. It is located near the city center, on Via Veneto.
The Christian Catacombs are significant for the art history of Early Christian art because many frescoes and sculptures from before about 400 AD where found there
You may think that the underground atmosphere may be frightening and dark, but it isn’t. There is the feeling of peace and colorful frescoes that surround you. Which catacomb to visit?
We invite you to visit one of the catacombs, which is the best according to your choice:
The Catacomb of Priscilla is named after the wife of the Consul Manius Acilius Glabrio, who was killed on the orders of Domitian. There are walls and ceiling with decorations illustrating Biblical scenes.
Do you believe in ghosts? Let’s check, whether they exist or not 🙂
The Catacombs were built for the conservation of the remains of Saint Agnes of Rome. Her bones are now conserved in the church built over the catacomb. Moreover, the life story of Saint Agnes is impressive and breathtaking. Visit to these crypts definitely worth it.
The Basilica of Saint Clement is a Roman Catholic minor basilica dedicated to Pope Clement I. We will discover three-tiered complex of buildings with its underground world full of secrets and interesting facts.
Author: Elena local guide in Rome
I've lived in Rome since the age of 10. The first impression about the Eternal City was incomparable and grandiose, so the decision about the future profession immediately came up in my mind – I decided to study in gymnasium at the faculty of tourism and continued my education at the faculty of archeology in Roma Tre Italian public University. The idea of becoming a tour guide became my firm intention after an internship under the supervision of Alberto Angelo – the most famous paleontologist, archeologist and TV anchor of Italy. Thanks to his professionalism, I realized the significance of history and today, I am happy to share my knowledge with anyone looking forward to discovering the secrets of Rome and Vatican. About me: I am huge fan of horseriding, spaghetti amatriciana, and beach days.
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