Opening to the public of recent archeological discoveries

Source: FSSPX News


In 2003, work carried out for the laying out of the St. Rosa car park, in the very heart of the Vatican City, led to the discovery of some Roman tombs. The excavation of this important archeological zone has thus facilitated the discovery of an important sector of the necropolis, a part of which was found under the pontificate of Pius XII.

 Several funeral edifices and burial sites dating from the epoch of Augustus (23 BC – 14 AD) and of Constantine (306–337) have been discovered. The altars, steles and plaques bear inscriptions of exceptional historical interest. According to experts, the major part of the tombs is in a remarkable state of preservation and some of the edifices have interesting mural decoration, notably frescoes, stucco and mosaic floors. Sarcophaguses, decorated with high quality sculpture have also been found.

 This new archaeological site can be visited by prior arrangement with the Vatican Museums.

 After the reopening of the Christian Museum by Benedict XIV, followed by the Hall of Mysteries of the Borgia apartments, decorated by the Pintoricchio, and the refurbishment of the Ethnological Missionary Museum, the opening of the Roman necropolises along the Via Trionfale, is the fourth event to be opened to the public, on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the Vatican Museums. The next will be the inauguration of the exhibition Laocoon – The Origins of the Vatican Museums.