They are situated along the Appian Way, after the Church of Quo Vadis. Tens of martyrs, sixteen pontiffs and many Christians were buried in them.
They were named after the deacon Callixtus who, at the beginning of the third century, was appointed by Pope Zephyrinus as the administrator of the cemetery and so became the official cemetery of the Church of Rome.
Like the ancients, Christians were very fond of symbols. Symbols were a visible reminder of their faith. The term "symbol" refers to a concrete sign or figure, which, according to the author's intention, recalls an idea or a spiritual reality.more
09 a.m. -12 p.m. - last visit 12 p.m.
2 p.m. - 5 p.m. - last visit 5 p.m.
Weekly closing day: Wednesday
The catacombs of St. Callixtus are open all year round, except on:
- Christmas (25th December),
- New Year's Day (1st January)
- Easter Sunday
- Winter break: From January 24th to February 20th 2019.