The official burial place of nine Popes, a cemeterial complex spread over 4 underground levels and a must visit if you are on the old road to Rome, Via Appia Antica.
The Catacombs of St. Callixtus are situated on the Via Appia Antica which is the old Roman road just outside the city.The Catacombs originated around the mid 2nd century and are part of a cemeterial complex which has a network of galleries which are around 12 miles long over four levels and more than 20 metres deep. These Catacombs are named after the deacon Callixtus who was the administrator of the cemetery which later became the official cemetery of the Church of Rome.
Visit as part of your excursion to the Via Appia Antica as there are many ancient places of interest to see on the way. This underground Catacomb complex has several areas, the area of the Popes was named "the Little Vatican" and was the official burial place of nine popes. The Crypt of Cecilia the patron saint of music also tells a fascinating story. The galleries and frescoes throughout the catacombs date back to the 3d century and shouldn't be missed.
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