Vatican Necropolis

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Underneath the Vatican: Scavi
While everyone is looking up at Michelangelo’s Dome in St. Peter’s basilica, one of the most beautiful and historic sites in Vatican City is underneath their feet: the Vatican Necropolis, also known as the scavi (excavations). The multilevel subterranean area sheds light on the transformation of the Ager Vaticanus- Vatican Hill- from its ancient Roman suburban beginnings. Visiting the scavi takes visitors on a labyrinthine walk through a 1st century AD necropolis (once an open-area cemetery and mausoleum), 5th century Christian burial area, the Vatican grottos and the original 4th century church foundation walls, all underneath the current basilica.
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