Come and Discover:
Discover the Vatican Necropolis with Gregory DiPippo.
Uncover the secrets that are buried underneath St Peter’s Basilica, which dates back to Ancient Rome, and discover whether St. Peter is really buried there
The Vatican sponsored the “Scavi” between 1940 and 1949, under the request of Pope Pius XI. The dig revealed a great part of the Necropolis that dates back to Imperial Times.
This Necropolis is not part of the Catacombs of Rome but an open-air cemetery with tombs and mausoleums.
In accordance with Roman law it was forbidden to bury the dead within the city walls that is why it is located on the southern slope of the Vatican Hill, near the Circus of Caligula.
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