Catacombs

Many areas of Rome, above all along the Ancient Appian Way, offer artistic treasures going back to the dawn of Christianity. Catacombs of St Callixtus are the most extensive in the city and in their galleries, crypts and cubicles were buried tens of martyrs, 16 popes and a lot of Christians. The frescoes, which  adorn them, can be dated to the beginning of the III century and represent symbolically the sacraments of Baptism and of the Eucharist. In the Catacombs of St Domitilla, Emperor Vespasian’s niece,  there are paintings on pagan themes together with Christian drawings of the 3rd and 4th centuries.

 

Where: Rome