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The catacombs
of St.Callixtus

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.

The origins

In the first century Rome's Christians did not have their own cemeteries.If they owned land, they buried their relatives there, otherwise they resorted to common cemeteries, where pagans too were buried.

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The symbols

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.

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Visiting hours


Opening hours
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 25th to February 21st 2018.

Booking reservation / Holy mass reservation

Booking in advance for the Catacombs are only taken for school groups or groups of a minimum of 15 persons.
Individual visitors to the Catacombs do not need to book in advance.
Reservation is required for the celebration of Holy Mass.


To book a visit you have to fill the form on line and wait the reservation confirmation
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