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Catacombs of St. Sebastian

Appian Way
June 9, 2008

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Long an artistic favorite -- who can resist the vivid imagery! -- St. Sebastian shows up in paintings and on church walls throughout Europe. The colorful bas relief adorns the ceiling (I got the shot by setting my camera on the floor with a 2-second delay), showing the soldier-convert tied to a tree, where his former camarades in arms used him for target practice. Legend says that Sebastian is laid to rest here, atop miles of Christain catacombs. (Spooky tour, no photos please!)