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Christian catacombs of Rome


The Crypt of St. Gaius and St.Eusebius

The Crypt of St. Gaius (end of the 3rd c.)
The Crypt of St. Gaius is of exceptional proportions and was used for community assemblies (3rd century).

In the oppositeThe Crypt of St.Eusebius
The Crypt of St.Eusebius was laid to rest pope (beginning of the 4th c.). In front of his tomb the Pope St. Damasus placed an inscription to celebrate the pope's and the Church's mercy towards the "lapsi", the apostates from the Christian Religion.

The Fish Eucharistic

© Pontificia Commissione di Archeologia Sacra

Going along the gallery we meet, in succession, the crypt of the martyrs Calocerus and Parthenius, the cubicle of the deacon Severus, important for an inscription, in which, for the first time, the bishop of Rome is given the title of "pope", the cubicle of the 5 Saints, painted as "oranti"; the cubicle of the Sheep, with frescoes representing the good Shepherd surrounded by a flock; and, moreover, biblical scenes which symbolize the Sacraments of Baptism and of the Eucharist.