Private Catacombs Of Priscilla

Archaeology, Historical, Sightseeing
Meet the guide and driver at your hotel. Come and walk together with our expert guides through some underground galleries in order to see real proofs of life, art and faith of the Christian community of the first centuries. The Catacombs of Priscilla are well known from all the ancient topographic and liturgical sources and are located on the Via Salaria, with the entrance in the cloister of the ancient convent of Benedictine Sisters of Priscilla. Because of the great number of martyrs buried within, it was called “regina catacumbarum”, the queen of the catacombs.
Originally dug out from the 2nd to the 5th centuries AD, they spread from as a series of underground burial chambers, like the “arenarium” or sand-quarry, the “cryptoporticus”, and the funerary hypogeum of the Acilii Glabrioni family. This was the family of the noblewoman named Priscilla, who maybe donated the field where our catacomb was dug. This is the probable reason why this cemetery has always been named after her since the 4th century. After six centuries of abandon, the Catacombs of Priscilla were rediscovered in the 15th century and they still hold an archaeological treasure of more than 1700 years.
Duration: 2 hrs
Fitness Level: Moderate
Comfortable shoes are recommended

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