Opening hours: from 9 to 12 and from 14 to 17
The Catacombs are closed on Monday
**The catacombs will remain closed in January 2019

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THE QUEEN OF THE CATACOMBS

The Catacombs of Priscilla are well known from all the ancient topographic and liturgical sources and are located on the Via Salaria, with the entrance in the cloister of the ancient convent of Benedictine Sisters of Priscilla. Because of the great number of martyrs buried within, it was called “regina catacumbarum”, the queen of the catacombs.

Originally dug out from the 2nd to the 5th centuries AD, they spread from as a series of underground burial chambers, like the “arenarium” or sand-quarry, the "cryptoporticus", and the funerary hypogeum of the Acilii Glabrioni family. This was the family of the noblewoman named Priscilla, who maybe donated the field where our catacomb was dug. This is the probable reason why this cemetery has always been named after her since the 4th century. After six centuries of abandon, the Catacombs of Priscilla were rediscovered in the 15th century and they still hold an archaeological treasure of more than 1700 years. Come and we will walk together, with our expert guides, through some underground galleries, in order to see real proofs of life, art and faith of the Christian community of the first centuries.