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Roman catacombs Valkenburg aan de Geul Reviews
The Roman Catacombs May 30, 2013
The Roman Catacombs
Jan Diepen, the man behind the Roman Catacombs decided in 1908 that he wanted to do a remake of the catacombs of Rome in Valkenburg. He was passionate about Christian cemetery’s and he decided to do a remake in a marl cave which belonged to his family. A very special idea wich was approved by the Vatican and the Roman authorities. In 1910 the Roman Catacombs were open for public.
Jan Diepen did not make the catacombs al by himself he worked together with argitect Pierre Cuypers. Together with a lot of builders every small detail from the original catacombs was recreated. The tombs, the fresco’s it was al done with perfection.
It became and underground labyrinth full with duplicated horizontal grave niches, so called loculi. These niches were closed of with a marble plate. The upper-class family’s used to have there own burial chamber with beautiful decorated walls. There are no real people buried in the chambers but it sure feels like it’s real.
So what you see inside of the cave is a exact replica of the catacombs in Rome. Only smaller and better preserved (if we believe our tour guide).
I personally loved the tour. Tours are done by volunteers and we were lucky that we went with someone who had a lot of knowledge about the Catacombs and it’s original history. We were also very lucky that we had a group of 4, my husband and I and 2 other ladies so the guide could show us some special places.
I loved walking around with just a candle light, it gave the tour a total different dimension.
April till October there are daily tours between 10.00 and 16.00. Tours start every hour (10.00-11.00-12.00-13.00-14.00-15.00-16.00).
October till March there are tours on Saturday and Sunday at 14.00 hours.
The Catacombs are only excessable with a tour guide and you will excess with just a candle light, it gives a real nice atmosphere. A tour will take about 60 minutes.
Entrance is €7.50 for adults and €3.75 for Children.
It is possible to do a tour in English, French or Deutsch but you do need to make reservations if you want to.
Part of the Short trips 2013 travel blog
Part of the list Dutch seight seeing.
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