Murals in the Catacombs of Domitilla, Rome (2nd-4th centuries)

The Catacombs of Domitilla on the Via Appia Antica in Rome (named after Saint Domitilla) spread over 17 kilometres of underground caves. They are the oldest of Rome's underground burial networks, and the only ones to still contain bones. They are also the best preserved and one of the most extensive of all the catacombs.

The most important martyrs of this cemetery are Nereus and Achilleus, two soldiers who were probably victims of Diocletian’s persecution (304 AD). They were buried in the basilica, a majestic apsed hall from the time of Pope Siricius (385-399), which is preceded by a narthex and subdivided into three naves by columns with reutilized capitals. Another very ancient nucleus is the hypogeum of the Flavi. This originated at the end of the second century A.D. as a private, pagan hypogeum which later, during the third century, housed Christian tombs decorated with scenes from Sacred Scripture.

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Last Supper
2nd century
Fresco
Catacombs of Domitilla, Rome

1200*670
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Hypogeum of the Flavi
3rd century
Fresco
Catacombs of Domitilla, Rome

1000*666
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119 Kb



Chamber of the millers
4th century
Fresco
Catacombs of Domitilla, Rome

908*1100
True Color
246 Kb



Chamber of the millers
380-400
Fresco
Catacombs of Domitilla, Rome

1300*925
True Color
242 Kb



Interior view
4th century
Fresco
Catacombs of Domitilla, Rome

1200*846
True Color
246 Kb



The Martyrs Veneranda and Petronilla
c. 356
Fresco
Catacombs of Domitilla, Rome

843*1100
True Color
221 Kb




Catacomb paintings
Domitilla | Marcellinus and Peter | Priscilla
Callixtus | Via Latina | Others in Rome