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Catacombe di San Gennaro
- Catacombe di San Gennaro
- Alt Name:
- Catacombs of Saint Januarius
- Ancient Rome
- 100AD - 199AD
- Naples Cathedral, Naples National Archeological Museum,
Villa Poppaea, Stabiae,
about Catacombe di San Gennaro
Catacombe di San Gennaro, translated as the Catacombs of Saint Januarius, are an incredible collection of ancient underground tombs, some dating back to the second and third centuries AD. Located near San Gennaro church, Catacombe di San Gennaro were in use from the early era of Christianity to the tenth century BC.
The relics of San Gennaro, which were located there until the ninth century, are long gone, having been moved to Benevento and now located in Naples Cathedral. Nevertheless, Catacombe di San Gennaro is still a fascinating site and is the burial place of many of the bishops of Naples from medieval times. In the fifteenth century, Catacombe di San Gennaro acquired the sinister role of being the burial place of victims of plague.
Dimly lit and hauntingly atmospheric, the catacombs span two floors in which visitors can see sets of archways and well preserved frescos and mosaics, some having been created in the second century. The highlight for many is the painting of San Gennaro himself.
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Address: Via Capodimonte 16, 80136 Naples
Phone: +39 081 7443714
Catacombe di San Gennaro is located in Naples, the entry being to the left of Chiesa di Madre di Buon Consiglio (enter through the black gates). Bus 24 stops there.
Open daily except Mondays, 9am-3pm (Sundays to noon). Entry costs €3.
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