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Underground Passages throughout the city, which were constructed with about 750,000 tombs

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The Catacombs

See the most concealed part of Rome

These kilometres of tunnels have harboured a multitude of legends and tales. What is no less disturbing is the real origins of these burial places. Their origin goes back to the V century in Rome. After the edict of Milan in 313 AD the persecutions against Christians stopped. Christians opposed the pagan incineration ritual and preferred to bury their dead. However, burials within the city of Rome were not allowed. Because of that, they began this enormous work in the quarries on the outskirts of the city. Hence the name which means "near the quarry" . There are a lot of catacombs in the city and their networks are so intricate that they are connected to one another.. The most recommended are: the Catacombs of San Sebastian (in the Via Appia Antica, no 136), the Catacombs of San Callisto (at no 126 in the same street), the Catacombs of Priscilla (in Via Salaria, no 430) and the Catacombs of Domitilla (Via delle Sette Chiese, no 280). Although history may seem rather gruesome, you can see the niches of the early Christians as well as the Catacombs themselves, which is an incredible sight.. It is a journey through the intestines of the city of Rome.



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