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Catacombe di San Sebastiano (Catacombs of St. Sebastian)

  • Via Appia Antica 136 Map It
  • Via Appia Antica
  • Cemetery
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 06/20/2007

Fodor's 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 catacumba (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. As well as Christian burial areas, some very well preserved pagan mausolea were found here in the early 20th century, making this one of the more varied catacomb complexes in the area.

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Via Appia Antica 136, Rome, Latium, 00179, Italy

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Sight Details:

  • €8
  • Closed Sun.

Published 06/20/2007


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