The catacomb of San Pancrazio (also known as Ottavilla) is a catacomb of Rome, located on the Via Aurelia, in the modern district Gianicolense.
Between the late fourth and early fifth century Pope Symmachus erected above ground in a basilica in honor of the martyr and a spa building. In 594 Gregory the Great endowed the church of a monastery. In 625 Pope Honorius I rebuilt the basilica with three naves.
As mentioned, Saint Pancras is one of the few Roman catacombs that you do not completely lost track over the centuries, though often confused with other catacombs located on the Via Aurelia. Antonio Bosio studied in depth the cemetery, but it confused with that of Calepodius, while it was Giovanni Battista de Rossi in the nineteenth century to distinguish the two catacombs.
Excavations carried out in the early thirties of the last century under the floor of the basilica of San Pancrazio have uncovered an ancient Roman road that bisected diagonally across the basilica, and it also came to light mausoleums and tombs in earth, and all ‘interior of the basilica in the forecourt, which showed that our underground cemetery also included a built in above ground burial area.
[box type=”info” color=”#FFF” bg=”#faa82a” font=”times” border=”#7a181d” head=”Information and Addresses” headbg=”#7a181d” headcolor=”#FFF”]Address: Piazza di San Pancrazio, 5/D
Visiting Hours: from 9.00 to 21.00
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