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The Jewish Catacombs

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The Jewish Catacombs

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Basic Information

Location Via Nomentana 70, Rome
Country Italy
City Rome

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Website http://www.catacombsociety.org/visiting_Vigna-Radianini.html
Geographical Coordinates 41.91512,12.51002


Summary

The Catacombs of Rome are ancient catacombs, underground the burial places under or near Rome, Italy, of which there are at least forty. Some of which were discovered only in recent decades.

General

There are six known Jewish catacombs in Rome, two of which are open to the public: Vigna Randanini and Villa Torlonia.

The Jewish catacombs were discovered in 1918, and archaeological excavations continued for twelve years. The structure has two entrances, one on via Syracuse and the other inside Villa Torlonia. The catacombs extend for more than 13,000 square meters and date back to the period between the 2nd and 3rd centuries, and possibly remained in use until the 5th century.

The other catacombs are not open to the public because of the instability of their structure and the presence of radon.

The Vigna Randanini are on the left side of the Appian Way. These catacombs, that were discovered in 1859, reused a pagan building, to which was added a vaulted ceiling and a floor mosaic with black and white tiles.


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