Skeletons Unearthed From The Catacombs Of Rome

Skeletons Unearthed From The Catacombs Of Rome
October 28, 2013

Back in 1578 came the fascinating discovery of a network of tombs, lurking deep beneath the street of Rome. The tombs were home to the decayed skeletons of early Christian martyrs – believed to be saints on account of their bravery & unwavering support of Christian beliefs.

Many of these skeletons (given the name ‘The Catacomb Saints’ by those who first discovered them) were then distributed across Europe (predominantly Germany) as replacements for the countless holy relics which had been smashed, stolen or destroyed during the Protestant Reformation.

Paul Koudounaris gained unprecedented access to religious institutions to reveal these fascinating historical artifacts in a book. You can buy it here.