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Catacombe di Pretestato, Rome

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  • Very interesting site but only open on request to be forwarded to the Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archaeology. It was born as an imperial (or aristocratic) cemetery area and then as a Christian cemetery. Here is the sarcophagus of the Emperor Balbino and his wife (238 A.D.).
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  • Archaeological site normally, alas, closed to the public but I was able to visit thanks to the "Parco Dell'appia Antica", with an annexed guide. The site was brought to light at the beginning of ' 900 at the behest of Pope Benedict XV (if I am not mistaken) and during the excavations also found the remains of a Roman-Pagan cemetery. This is because the floor of the latter collapsed in the catacombs below. Thus were found real goodies like the sarcophagus of the Emperor Balbino, the only sarcophagus of an emperor to reach us, and a bas-relief with the only depiction of the lighthouse of Ostia known today. The catacombs, born inside a hydraulic canal (then called Cavern Magna), can be visited and, although not very large, have interesting finds from the Christian period. During the Second World War, the catacombs were also used as shelter, as evidenced by the graffiti on the walls. What about: We hope for another extraordinary opening!
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