"Catacombs - Introduction" Christian Rome Tip by gasca

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In Ancient Rome banned burials inside city walls so early Christians dug hundreds of kilometers of tunnels in an area where the rocks are volcanic and easy to dig.

Later on the catacombs fall into oblivion since emperor Constantine around 3 century A.D. issued the Edict of Milan which stablished freedom and toleration for all religions.

The catacombs where discovered in the 16 century by a farmer who described them as a 'world of the dead'.

Everything in Rome is quite prestablished and touristic, so this is not an exception. Catacombs visit is guided and visits last for half an hour

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  • Written Nov 5, 2005
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