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Catacombs of Rome, Italy These ancient Jewish and Christian underground burial places were built beneath the streets of Rome but were later abandoned. Over the centuries Ostrogoths, Lombards, and vandals ransacked the catacombs in search of valuables but they were rediscovered in the 1950s and became an important monument to the early Christian church.
The legend says that the catacombs under Rome were used by Christians as a shelter during their persecution at the hands of the Roman Empire. But in fact, the catacombs were places of burial and later became shrines to the martyrs, serving as centers of pilgrimage for Christians from all over the empire. Today, these …
Catacombs of Rome - Early Christian catacombs were extractions from the earth containing niches (loculi). Ladders from ground level led to ambulatories called galleries, where burial plots were located. Catacombs, found throughout the Empire, exist primarily in Rome because the city's density at its height created a shortage of land for burial.
I'm currently reading a book about the early Christian church and came across this amazing section about the Christian Catacombs: "It is well known that from the end of the First to the end of the Fourth Century, the early Christians buried their dead...in subterranean galleries excavated in the soft rock that