San Senatore Catacombs Albano Laziale
Address, Opening Hours and Admission Price
The address of the Catacombs di San Senatore is Borgo Garibaldi. To visit the excavations one must consult the Museo Civico Albano in advance (Address: Viale Risorgimento 3, tel. +39 069325759 or 069323490).
History and Description
The Catacombs of San Senatore were built on a site where pozzolana (a type of stone used to make a type of cement) used to be mined. The cemetery was founded between the end of the 3rd and the beginning of the 4th century. Since many saints and martyrs were buried there, the catacombs of San Senatore were quite famous.
The archaeological finds made in the crypt are all exhibited in the Museo Civico Albano.
What to see
The crypt contains several wall paintings, the most famous one is a 5th century fresco of Christ depicted among various local martyrs.
A fresco from the 4th or 5th century depicts San Senatore himself.
A medieval (11th or 12th century) fresco of Christ Pantocrator between San Smaragdo and the Madonna.