Catacombs of St. Callixtus
CATACOMBS OF ST.CALLIXTUS
Address : Via Appia Antica, 110/126
Web site : http://www.catacombe.roma.it/en/index.php
Public Transports : From Stazione Termini: take Metro A (Anagnina) or bus 714 (Palazzo Sport) to the stop at St. John Lateran Square (Piazza di S. Giovanni in Laterano), then bus 218 and stop at Fosse Ardeatine.
The entrance to the Catacombs is opposite (n.2 on the map).
Or take Metro B (Laurentina) to the stop Circo Massimo. Then bus 118 (Lagonegro) and stop at Catacombe di San Callisto (afterQuo Vadis? – church, entrance n.4 on the map).
Access : The catacombs of St. Callixtus are closed on Wednesdaysand from 29 January to 25 February 2015. Visiting hours: 9.00 – 12.00 14.00 – 17.00
The catacombs of St.Callixtus are among the greatest and most important of Rome. They originated about the middle of the second century and are part of a cemeterial complex. In it were buried tens of martyrs, 16 popes and very many Christians.
They are 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 the catacombs of St.Callixtus became the official cemetery of the Church of Rome.
In the open area are two small basilicas with three apses, known as the “Trichorae“. In the Eastern one were perhaps laid to rest pope Zephyrinus and the young martyr of the Eucharist, St.Tarcisius.
The underground cemetery includes several areas. The Crypts of Lucina and the area of the Popes and of St.Cecilia are the most ancient areas.