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Rome celebrates Catacombs Day with free visits

Catacomb visits are free however have to be booked prematurely.

Rome’s catacombs, together with these usually tough to go to, will open without cost guided excursions on Saturday 15 October as a part of the 2022 version of Day of the Catacombs.

Organised by the Pontifical Fee for Sacred Archaeology, the fifth Giornata delle Catacombe is devoted to Pope Callixtus I (218-222) on the 18th centenary of his loss of life.

The programme, titled Callixtus and the Invention of the Catacombs, underlines the central position of Callisto within the growth of those fascinating underground burial chambers, together with the catacombs that bear his identify on Through Appia Antica.

Along with the extra well-known catacombs reminiscent of S. Callisto, S. Sebastiano, Domitilla and S. Pancrazio, the next catacombs can be open specifically on 15 October: Calepodio, Commodilla, S. Lorenzo, Museo e Catacomba di Pretestato, Regione di Lucina – Comprensorio Callistiano, and Regione dei Fornai – Comprensorio di Domitilla.

Catacombs had been developed between the tip of the second and begin of the third century AD for the burial and funeral commemoration of Christians.

Exterior of Rome there are Christian catacombs in a number of Italian areas together with Lazio, Tuscany, Umbria, Abruzzo, Campania, Puglia, Sardinia and Sicily.

The guided excursions organised by Giornata della Catacombe on 15 October are free however advance reserving is required. There are additionally signal language excursions and kids’s workshops.

Full particulars could be discovered on the the “catacombeitalia” pages on Fb and Instagram in addition to the Pontifical Fee for Sacred Archaeology web site.



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