The CATACOMBS OF SAINT CALLIXTUS
They were the official cemetery of the Church of Rome in the 3rd century AD.
Around half a million Christians were buried here, among them many martyrs and 16 popes.
The Christians of Rome began to excavate their own community cemeteries
(known today as ‘catacombs’) at the beginning of the second half of the 2nd century AD,
when a few wealthy families, having been converted to the Christian faith, donated their lands to the Church.
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