Early Christian Monuments in Rome

Early Christian Monuments in Rome

Educated Rome travellers, especially with an interest in early Christianity often face the problem that non of the sometimes very impressive remains are included in the TOP 10 ‘must see’ list of established travel guides. This post aims to collect some of the most impressive or interesting material remains of Late Antique Christianity in Rome. Evidently, this list is neither exhaustive, nor aims to be, but rather a selection based on my personal favourites and guided by my preferences and interests. Certainly all monuments on this list are worth a detour for any educated Rome traveller. Some of them, such as the Sant’Agnese complex, is definitely worth a planned trip.

Churches | Catacombs | Musea/Excavations

Notable churches

Sant’Agnese Complex (via Nomentana 349)

Santo Stefano Rotondo (via di Santo Stefano Rotondo 7)

Santa Cecilia al Trastevere (Piazza di Santa Cecilia 22)

San Clemente (Via Labicana 95)

Santa Prassede (Via di Santa Prassede 9/A)

Santi Cosma e Damiano (Via Dei Fori Imperiali 1)

Santa Pudenziana (Via Urbana 160)

Santa Sabina (Piazza Pietro d’Illiria 1)

San Paolo fuori le mura (Piazzale di San Paolo 1)


This website offers (theoretically) up to date information the catacombs open to the public in Rome and beyond.

My personal favorite is Priscilla (Via Salaria 430), which is off the breaten track and in contrast to other catacombs, visits usually take place in small groups. It is easy to combine with the Sant’Agnese complex.


Excavations of the Vatican necropole under the Basilica di San Pietro (= ‘Tomb of Peter’). One has to order tickets in good time at the Ufficio Scavi.

Crypta Balbi (Via delle Botteghe Oscure 31). This is one of the most intriguing museums of Rome dedicated to the history and development of the urbs. Not specifically focuses on Christianity, but inevitably, it also deals with the Christian(isation of the) city. Absolutely underrated.