WHS containing underground subterranean passages called "Catacombs". Originally the word was applied to such structures used for burial purposes from Roman times onward, but has come to be used for passages beneath towns existing for other reasons. Show the use of the word for the WHS.

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Agrigento "The area around the Temple of Concordia was later re-used by early Christians as a catacomb, with tombs hewn out of the rocky cliffs and outcrops."
Kyiv Cathedral and Lavra Pechersk Lavra
Lima Under San Fransisco Convent
Necropolis of Bet She'arim a series of man-made catacombs (AB ev)
Odesa "the main building material was local shell rock cut into blocks, quarried in the traditional manner from quarries around the city. Natural conditions and stone quarrying within the city led to the creation of a labyrinth of underground tunnels, known as “catacombs” or “mines”. Their presence can affect structures and limit the height of buildings." (AB eval). Numerous references in the Nom file. NOTE: the tourist entry part is not in the core zone, but the catacombs extend under the inscribed area.
Paphos Agia Solomoni
Rome "The Catacombs of Rome are former underground burial grounds that date from the second to the fifth century and were principally used by Christians and Jews."
Salzburg Catacombs of St Peter's Abbey
Syracuse The main Syracusan catacombs are the St Lucy Catacombs, the Vigna Cassia Catacombs and the Catacombs of St John's Basilica. (Nomination file, p. 92-93)
Thessalonika Under Hagios Demetrios
Vienna Under St Stephens Cathedral


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