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Tomb of the Scipios

4550 Visits

Overview

Title
Tomb of the Scipios
Author
Vanessa82
Rating
2.50
Year
1614 AD
Cost
8 €
Average visit time
60 minutes
Address
8 Via di Porta San Sebastiano, 00179 Rome RM
Hours of operation
From 10.00am to 4.00pm (Only guided tours)

Description

The tomb of the Scipios is one of the most important funerary monument dating back to Republican era of Rome. The tomb is located along the Via Appia, near Porta St Sebastian, and was discovered in 1870 by the Sassi brothers who owned a vineyard under which it was found. It is believed that the construction of the tomb has been wanted by the consul Lucius Cornelius Scipio Barbato, and his sarcophagus inside occupied a privileged place inside the tomb. The sarcophagi were about thirty, which number roughly corresponds to the Scipios and were placed along the walls of the funerary monument. Apart from the sarcophagi the tomb of the Scipios included graves of the Republican era, a columbarium, a Roman insula of the third century AD C. and a remarkable tomb of the late period to which is attached a small catacomb. The monument consists of a main block in a square-shaped tufa dug a tunnel and communicating a later period, built of brick, with separate entrance.

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