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Catacombe di San Sebastiano (Catacombs of St. Sebastian)

Catacombe di San Sebastiano (Catacombs of St. Sebastian) Review

The 4th-century church was named after the saint who was buried in the catacomb, which burrows underground on four different levels. This was the only Early Christian cemetery to remain accessible during the Middle Ages, and it was from here that the term "catacomb" is derived—it's in a spot where the road dips into a hollow, known to the Romans as catacumbas (Greek for "near the hollow"). The Romans used the name to refer to the cemetery that had existed here since the 2nd century BC, and it came to be applied to all the underground cemeteries discovered in Rome in later centuries.

Updated: 03-19-2014

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