Catacombs of Commodilla

Rome, Italy

Catacombs of Commodilla, on the Via Ostiensis, contain one of the earliest images of a bearded Christ. They originally held the relics of Saints Felix and Adauctus. The hypogeum leading to the catacombs was built in the fourth century. The catacombs were used for burials until the sixth century. Later, as happened to other Christian underground cemeteries, it was transformed into a place of worship of martyrdom: restoration of the basilica underground were made by several popes until the ninth century, a sign that the catacombs were still at that time a place of pilgrimage of devout Christians.

There were also found coins bearing the effigy of Pope Gregory IV (827-844) Pope Leo IV (847-855) finally gave the relics of the martyrs Felix and Adautto the wife of Emperor Lothair. Following the catacombs were abandoned and fell into oblivion. It was discovered in 1595 by archaeologist Antonio Bosio, but the first to identify it as that of Commodilla was in the nineteenth century, Giovanni Battista de Rossi. Restoration campaigns were performed at the beginning of the twentieth century and led to the complete excavation of the second level cemetery.


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Founded: 4th century AD
Category: Cemeteries, mausoleums and burial places in Italy


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Caitlin Pritchard (8 months ago)
If you are bringing kids... actually watch them and make sure they are respecting the catacombs. Don't let your kids run wild and use some of their toys to try to carve holes in the walls. This is a burial place. Not a playground. Dead people still remain here. AMAZING PLACE. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
Mike Leibowitz (8 months ago)
The person leading the tour in the catacombs was obviously well educated. She described all of the issues and benefits a will as the physical makeup of the structure. There are no bodies left as they were buried about 1700 years ago. It was welk done and respectful.
Matthew S. (8 months ago)
A definite must see in Rome. Guides required as there are 4 levels and hundreds of miles of Catacombs interconnected outside the exterior walls of Rome.
Catalina Betancur (11 months ago)
Beautiful sacred place, pictures inside the catacombs were not allowed for obvious reasons. This place is a must if you are interested in the burial history of the Catholics and pagans.
Chhanda Barman (12 months ago)
It's a bit far away from the city centre, but worth it. It's way less crowded than the saint Callixtus one. The ticket includes a guided tour from the catacombs staff, as it's easy to get lost in there. Would definitely recommend. Has this gift shop too
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