After 5 years of restoration and archeological digs, The Catacombs of Priscilla find a new sparkle with unveiled findings. This is great news not just for researchers, but also for whoever desires to discover the subterranean marvels of Rome and their astonishing charm.
Located on Via Salaria road, the Catacomb of Priscilla is one of the most ancient subterranean cemetery in Rome. Burials in the catacomb date back to the 2nd century A.D. and, thanks to the numerous inscriptions that had been found, researchers managed to go back to its founder, Priscilla, a noblewomen who lived during the 2nd century and a benefactor of the Christian community in Rome.
Among other incredible finds, the catacombs contain the oldest known painting of the Virgin Mary, shown with Jesus on her laps and a depiction of the Annunciation.
Since The Catacombs of Priscilla were considered the most important ones in antiquity, many popes and martyrs were buried within it, although many of the remains were subsequently transferred.
As for what we believe may be considered a very interesting and important discovery, the digs brought to light two scenes that might feature women priests, thus bringing a new attention to the controversial issue of a female presence in the early Catholic Church.
Today, even more than before, it will be possible for everyone to get a first hand impression of this suggestive place and its precious antiquities.
The cemetery complex stretches for miles underneath northern Rome, making a real labyrinth of quarries and tunnels. Just try imagining what would it feels like walking down the stairs that lead to the catacombs and discover underground chapels and tunnels, newly restored frescoes and sculptures that date back nearly 2,000 years!