Catacomb Saints: photos by Paul Koudounaris

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Saturday 2 November 2013

When you think of skeletons, the last thing that might come to mind would be ‘bling-bling’. But feast your eyes on this!
In the 1578, the remains of many Christian martyrs were discovered in underground tombs under Rome. They were excavated and transported to different Catholic churches, supposedly to replace holy relics that were destroyed during the Protestant Reformation. The skeletons were then outfitted with all the gold a corpse could ask for.

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Stephan Alvarez’s photos of Paris catacombs

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Photography on Thursday 17 February 2011

National Geographic has a nice set of new photos of the catacombs underneath Paris. They’re by Stephan Alvarez.

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