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Lasers, Google Maps Reveal Vatican Catacombs
« on: November 21, 2013, 11:13:54 AM »
The Vatican, while notoriously secretive about things buried in its vaults and archives, is being as public as the digital age allows it to be about the nearly completed restoration of catacombs early Christians used as secret churches as well as burial sites.

Contractors, archaeologists and art experts spent the past five years restoring the Priscilla catacombs under the Vatican using lasers, among other techniques, to restore frescoes painted on the walls of the burial chambers.

The Vatican unveiled the work Nov. 19 with a press conference in the Basilica of San Silvestro outside the burial tunnels, along with a press release and virtual tour of the Priscilla catacombs provided by Google Maps.
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Re: Lasers, Google Maps Reveal Vatican Catacombs
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2013, 11:21:45 AM »
Don't forget to look up at the ceilings.
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Re: Lasers, Google Maps Reveal Vatican Catacombs
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2013, 11:29:48 AM »
Don't forget to look up at the ceilings.

Not being familiar with the early days of Catacombs, I understand that these were places the early Christians sought refuge from persecution, and later became a place of burial and later yet a place of conducting services.  I also understand that the Tradition of having a Saints relic in the Altar comes from the early practice of holding Liturgy upon a Martyr's grave.

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Re: Lasers, Google Maps Reveal Vatican Catacombs
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2013, 10:36:33 PM »
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Now that anyone can tour the catacombs and see these frescoes via Google, members of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests say they have let the media know they have written about and believe that two frescoes in the Catacombs of Priscilla provide evidence of an ancient tradition of women deacons, priests and even bishops.

Not all accept that assertion.

"This is an elaboration that has no foundation in reality," Barbara Mazzei of the Pontifical Commission on Sacred Archaeology told Reuters.
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Re: Lasers, Google Maps Reveal Vatican Catacombs
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2013, 10:42:44 PM »
Huh. Well then...
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