Cripts and Catacombs - Private Tour

A tour in the subsurface of Rome



The construction of crypts and catacombs has always had a sacred meaning for the ancient Romans, Rome is full of them.

Among the most important and characteristic we find some that are of particular interest, unique in their kind.

The Museum of the Capuchins collects numerous documents, works of art and sacred objects from all over the world and kept to tell the long history of the Capuchin Friars.

Below the Museum you can breathe a totally different air: the entrance to the Cappuccini's crypt is announced by a memento mori with the words "what you are we were, what we are you will be" and continue towards a corridor on which overlook five small chapels, all entirely decorated with human bones.

The bones make up traditional death-related symbols such as hourglasses, clocks and butterflies; on the walls there are numerous femurs and tibias that welcome skeletons dressed with the habit of some friars.

The Catacombs are a cemetery that develops underground between the II-III century, at first it was divided into distinct family centers then united in a single great catacomb.

These catacombs are considered the best from the point of view of conservation and offer a great epigraphic repertoire, which shows a diversity of language, symbology and construction techniques: this has led savants to conclude that it is a "collective cemetery".

If we talk about crypts and catacombs we can not speak of the Church of St. Clemente built on an ancient church of the fourth century that was erected on an even older Roman house that contains various Christian works of art and a pagan temple to almost 20 meters below ground level.

The Church of San Clemente hides artistic treasures dating back to the Middle Ages and preserves an important testimony for the study of the Italian language.

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