The Catacombs of San Gennaro
DOBEDOO – The Catacombs of San Gennaro are arranged on two non-overlapping levels, both characterized by extremely wide spaces: the original nucleus was developed around the tomb of a rich Roman family between the II-III century. Starting from this donation, the vestibule of the lower floor was created, which at the end of the III century received the mortal remains of St. Agrippino, the bishop of Naples, becoming a place of veneration of that saint who is considered the first patron of the city.
After the construction, on the tomb of Agrippino, of a cemetery basilica, the bishop Giovanni I (413-431) had the remains of San Gennaro moved into a cubicle of the lower catacomb (after their martyrdom in the year 305 they had been buried in the Agro Marciano). From that moment the catacomb became a martyr’s cult center and over time they took its name, thus becoming the Catacombs of San Gennaro.
After the removal of the relics of San Gennaro and the relocation of the remains of the holy bishops in the city, the catacombs went through a period of decadence. During the Second World War the catacombs were adapted and used by the Neapolitan population as an air raid shelter, suffering further damage.
Only in 1969 the cardinal archbishop of Naples Corrado Ursi inaugurated the new access (the current one), and started a new excavation campaign during which he discovered both the Crypt of the Bishops and the Tomb of San Gennaro.
The entrance is adjacent to the Basilica del Buon Consiglio, in Via Capodimonte, 13.
The catacombs of San Gennaro can be visited by everyone: the demolition of all architectural barriers has made the site completely accessible.
Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (last entry at 5:00 pm)
Sunday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm (last entry at 2:00 pm)
Full € 9.00
Under 18 € 5.00
Students / Over 65 / Law Enforcement 6,00 €
Under 6 Free
Unlike Skilled Free
Companion € 6.00
Groups (min 20 participants) from € 6.00
Schools € 4.00
How to get:
From Piazza Dante Pullman R4 (direction Cardarelli Hospital) 10 stops to Capodimonte – Basilica Incoronata