Vatican Opens Ancient Necropolis to Public

Feb 05, 2014 959

On Feb. 3, the Vatican opened the Roman Necropolis of the Via Triumphalis to the public for the first time. The ancient burial ground dates back to the first century B.C. when it was the place of final rest for local Romans.

The 10,000-square-foot site was originally uncovered during the 1950s during construction of a new parking garage underneath the Vatican. As with many of these excavations, it took many years to raise money to delve into the site, a process that is ongoing. The Canada Chapter of the Patrons of the Arts funded this project.

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Fonte: Bostoniano

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