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noun as in underground tunnel

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The fact that the catacombs were exposed by a series of earthquakes both closed some of them and exposed others.

A 16th-century commentator, Jacopo Cenna, notes that in his time how people would visit the site armed with torches, and even linger in the tunnels during the hot summer months when the catacombs provided respite from the heat.

The proximity of the catacombs to Christian burial grounds and a church made it likely that this was some kind of shared space.

The practice of aging wine dates back thousands of years, from the ancient catacombs of Rome to the royal courts of Europe, where aged sweet wines like Sauternes and Tokaji reigned.

From Eater

The ancient Christians dug into the volcanic tufo rock here an extensive warren of catacombs.

From Fortune

The accompanying map of part of the Catacomb of Callixtus will indicate the general plan of these subterranean galleries.

An example of both sorts is seen in the accompanying engraving of a cubiculum in the Catacomb of St. Prtextatus.

In part of an ancient arenarium converted into a cemetery in the Catacomb of St. Priscilla similar constructions may be seen.

De Rossi has given a map of the Catacomb of Callixtus, in which these areas are accurately defined.

Boniface I., having been for some time concealed in the Catacomb of Felicitas, afterwards elaborately ornamented it.


On this page you'll find 16 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to catacomb, such as: cave, chamber, crypt, grotto, and passageway.

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