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Vatican Necropolis, Vatican City
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Vatican Necropolis, commonly referred to as the Scavi, lies under Vatican City, some 5 to 12 m (16 to 39 ft) below Saint Peter’s Basilica. The tombs and mausoleums, early depictions of Christ, and St. Peter’s grave impress visitors greatly. Properly excavated during the 1940s, today visitors in small groups of 10 to 15 people can experience a pre-arranged guided tour. Check out the official website to make a reservation, required to visit this attraction. A visit to Vatican Necropolis represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Vatican City trip generator to plot your vacation.
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  • Afterlife, archaeologists teach us about the mortuary customs of Rome 2000 years ago, when other gods were worshipped and with them other ways to preserve the ashes and bones of Christians that died or were killed for their faith. As among them is St. Peter, you can visit the huge efforts made in these 2000 years to ensure that, on the place of his grave stands the main altar of the Basilica of Christianity's most sumptuous, dedicated to Peter!
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  • If you are in the Cathedral of St. Peter, take the time to come down here. The lower level of the Basilica is called the Vatican grottoes are in caves. papal tombs (list of pontiffs, upokoivshihsja in the Cathedral, knocked on the marble slab, installed in front of the entrance to the Treasury). For the first time, caves and underground passages, appeared here as early as the 4th century, and the later ones were built in the 16th century the main tomb is considered an heirloom with the relics of St. Peter, the victim for their Christian faith and crucified upside down in 64 a.d., during the reign of Emperor Nero. In the underground buried relics of the martyred emperors Otto second and Adrian IV; the remains of the Swedish Queen Christine, King James III. Here you will find Capella delta Confessione-Chapel, where St. Peter ispovedalsja. Entrance into underground caves (Grotte Vaticane) is free of charge. Visit the necropolis, where burial is possible only with special permission and a guide.
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  • underneath the basilica, you can see the tombs of the popes from centuries ago. beautiful artwork, and tombs that go back to the 2nd century AD. Interesting, but only for 10-15 minutes. So if the queu...  more »