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Crypts and Catacombs: Exclusive Access Alone in St Agnes' Catacomb
Exclusive alone in the catacomb access after closing time
The rituals surrounding Christian burial sites in Rome have always offered more than mere insight into historic practices – they are a way to understand the Christian celebration of the eternal life of the soul. Exploring Rome’s catacombs and crypts is an opportunity to step back in time to an extraordinary moment in the history of Christianity as you trace the evolution of ancient burial practices in three unique locations in Rome.
For many centuries the pagan worshippers of Ancient Roman gods struggled to comprehend the message and popularity of the new Christian religion that was sweeping across the empire. Christians were misunderstood and at various stages of Roman rule, persecuted for their beliefs. While there are many catacombs of Rome tours in the city, the opportunity to enter the Catacombs of St. Agnes after closing time, is a uniquely moving experience.
Learn how these massive underground complexes were constructed and how Christians from the most humble origins, while persecuted in life, were honored forever in their burial.
With the reign of emperor Constantine in the 4th century, Christianity finally became accepted under the Edict of Milan. The conversion of the emperor himself laid the foundation for the rise and influence of the Catholic church in the following centuries. Visiting the Mausoleum of Emperor Constantine’s daughter is a chance to reflect on this rare moment in history when those who were once persecuted were suddenly celebrated.
Her tomb, with rare circular orientation, is replete with incredibly intricate and beautiful mosaics that honor the deceased as well as the new fortunes of Christians throughout the empire.
Lastly, the Capuchin Crypt, sometimes known as the bone chapel will take you to the 17th century where some imaginative monks decided to use the remains of deceased Franciscan friars to create one of the most surreal yet moving devotional arrangements in the city. Here, human bones cover the walls and even ceilings in intricate patterns and designs – a remarkable meditation on time, life, death, and eternity.
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• Length: 3 hrs
• Tickets included
• Food and drinks not included
• Pick-up/drop-off service included
• Basilica of Constantine
• Capuchin crypt
• Mausoleum of Constance
• St Agnes Church
• St Agnes catacomb
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