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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Illiana Salser (16 months ago)
Having a knowledgeable tour guide helped but it’s still creepy. No pictures are allowed and it’s very cold. Tours are only allowed in the first 2 floors. The bottom 2 are closed off. All the bodies have been moved to the lower tombs so we couldn’t see any. Apparently, tourists did not behave so this is the result. Overall, good experience.
Adam Scanlan (17 months ago)
Fascinating catacombs. Just show up, buy tickets, and wait for an available tour guide to guide your trip
Father Kenny Ang (2 years ago)
The staff at the ticket office are very welcoming. Photos and videos are not allowed to be taken inside the catacombs, so I had my lens cap on. It’s awesome to know that, as soon as you go down the stairs leaving the ticket office, there is an ample space to celebrate the Holy Mass —a subterranean Basilica—, in case you’re going with a group of Catholic faithful. Moreover, we had a magnificent guide!
Jacob Maly (2 years ago)
Awesome visit. Definitely worth a visit
Charles Clampitt (2 years ago)
Not what I was expecting but interesting nonetheless. You expect the catacombs to be this underground area that you can go to and see bones and symbols but it's mostly just simply Doug tunnels and areas where the tombs used to be. Nonetheless it is a interesting piece of history and worth the price of admission which for us was a free walking tour. He just had to tip the guy at the end.
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