Domitilla's Catacombs

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282 Via delle Sette Chiese, Rome, Italy

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Catacombe di Santa Domitilla Mar 11, 2013
The largest of the Roman catacombs with some 15 km of passageways, the Catacombe di Santa Domitilla has its own underground chapel that can be used by visiting Christians. It was cool and damp in the narrow spooky tunnels, so you might want to bring a sweater or light jacket. There are several tours in different languages going on simultaneously. Just migrate to the tour in your own language and follow along.

Most of the bones in the hollowed out spaces along the walls have disintegrated over the centuries, so don't expect anything like the skeletal mazes found in the Paris catacombs (one guy in our group was upset over the lack of skeletons). The tiny spaces for the bodies of children were a stark reminder of the high infant mortality rate in antiquity. Christian artworks from the 2nd and 3rd centuries survive at the graves of wealthy converts. According to our guide, the catacombs were not used for clandestine meetings of early Christians but strictly for burials of the dead (so much for the Hollywood version).

Photography is not permitted, though everyone ignored the edict and clicked away, including me. I wasn't struck by lightning upon leaving, so I guess it's okay.
Catacombe di Santa Domitilla
Looks like Shakespeare
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Catacombe di Santa Domitilla
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missandrea81 says:
I have to say, I got turned around by the "no photo" on their website. I didn't want to travel all the way there and not being able to take any pictures. Glad you got to sneak a few.
Posted on: Apr 29, 2014
cotton_foam says:
good, that it's ok to steal a shot or more :)
Posted on: Apr 28, 2014
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