Whichever you are, you are free to choose your own interpretation. I was so excited to see for myself the things your blog educated me about. I am 5 ft. tall. According to my recollection, when we came to the area of the Mausoleum S, or thereabouts, on the right of us we passed a relatively wide and short Chapel — certainly not the Clementine Chapel, it seems to me, which is “long” and narrow and Cross-shaped. Finally, thanks for this post. Isn’t Peter who are asked to be crucified upside down? The Vatican had long held the tradition that Peter was buried under the basilica, but even as late as the 1930s, they didn’t really have any proof. A must see tour in the Vatican, specially for Catholics! Have an awesome trip and a fantastic 2013! Thanks Carolina. Go to the book of Revelation. I went through the Scavi tour several years ago, when I took the pictures, and this makes it a lot clearer. Then we made a sharp Right turn. Indeed, the most authoritative Catholic historians recognize that “the historical problems of Peter’s effective martyrdom in Rome, and of his burial place, are open to debate.” What do the finds reveal? Here’s a reconstruction drawing of the Clivus: Next, you go up a flight of stairs. Don Michele is unofficially in charge of investigating to see if other writings of the mystic reveal the exact location of the burial. Thanks, Chun! The guide will close the gate behind you and you can’t go back. Thus begins a race against time before the start of the conclave and is perpetrated a coup. Also, did the bones show any signs of crucifixion? At the time, I was unaware of the Necropolis. — Peter-Roma? In this scenario, the Clivus was buried while the Vatican Hill was being levelled for the old basilica, but the Trophy has remained intact in place since then. ‘Christ is the head of the congregation,’ says Paul. The apostle had to have between 80-82 years. Thank you for your wonderful comment, Joseph! I hope that helps! Certainly very interesting! “The excavation has revealed no certain traces of a grave beneath the Aedicula; nor indeed can there be any certainty that St. Peter’s body was ever recovered from the executioners for burial by the Christian community. You’re very insightful! Oy! […] fully-illustrated guide to St. Peter’s […], […] which may be the most interesting course I have taken in college, our professor brought us to the Vatican Necropolis, which are the excavations under St. Peters Basilica that were discovered in the 1940s when the […], A privilege for all the Christians to visit the scene of the sacred tomb of the first pope st. peter. The best option is to go and check it out for themselves! Since then I’ve re-read it twice! I believe the guy up above is right when he says St Peter`s Tomb was found in Jerusalem with “Simon Bar Jonah” written on the side of the Ossuary in Aramaic. St Peter was supposed to be crucified upside down,again there is not one witness to bear this out in the Bible. Or you can stop by my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/CulturalTravelGuide) and let everybody about your experience at the Vatican Necropolis! It will make the tour that much better having read all this. “St. I toured the Scavi October 25th of this year. Level 3: The Vatican Necropolis in blue. Among those crucified was St. Peter—disciple of Jesus Christ, leader of the Apostles and the first bishop of Rome—who was supposedly buried in a shallow grave on Vatican Hill. wow, i love this post. The bones were placed in 19 plexiglass containers, ten of which are inside the niche in wall g, as you can see in the image above. I did not make an appointment ahead of time, but went to the Scivia office with my Carmelite sister who was in a in a wheelchair and who had on previous trips by herself been allowed to go without a guide to pray near St. Peter’s grave/tomb. The one we would believe to have been a Also, by the sounds of it, it would seem that different guides may use different “routes” inside the site or even different guidelines to conduct the visits as I myself was allowed to see the rests of Gaius Trophy (which is under Constantine’s monument) from both the north and the south, And I did see the graffiti wall and the small plexiglass containers. My only question to those who do not believe the. They were also examined by experts,and they too concluded that they were the bones of a man at that age fitted the evidence. year did Peter become the first Pope and when was the church founded and would Pope Peter held Paul a prisoner in Rome when they were preaching the same gospel?. In 1968 Pope Paul VI announced that the bones of Saint Peter had been discovered. But if you’d like even more depth of information, I recommend you go to http://saintpetersbasilica.org and then to http://saintpetersbasilica.org/tours.htm, where you can find all the related information. Thanks again! I also saw the Clivus and its steps and the Red Wall. I was also able to visit the ‘scavi’ 3 years ago and the experience was unforgettable! Simcha Jacobovici, director of The Lost Tomb of Jesus, talks about the mystery surrounding the tomb of Simon bar Jonah, also known as St Peter. Originally buried in the atrium of Old Saint Peter's; epitaph partially preserved during the demolition, extant in the Vatican grottoes: 867–872 Adrian II: Originally buried in Old Saint Peter's; epitaph partially preserved during the demolition, still visible in the Vatican grottoes: 872–882 John VIII: Located in the portico or nave. I just want to give you a big heartfelt THANK YOU. Learn the first step to plan your next cultural trip like a pro and receive my newsletter with more travel tips and special content! I wrote you already December 9, 2012. Again, thank you for your great accomplishment. Inside the tomb there is an ossuary with bone`s in it,and on the side of the ossuary written in Aramaic are the words “Simon Bar Jona”. St Theresa did the same,she went to the Colosseum first. The possibility, therefore, that St. Peter’s body was, in fact, not recovered for burial is a real one.”—The Shrine of St. Peter and the Vatican Excavations, by Jocelyn Toynbee and John Ward Perkins. thank you for your hard work. According to a number of Catholic scholars, the finds confirm the tradition of Peter’s residence and martyrdom in Rome during the rule of Nero, perhaps during the persecution of 64 C.E. It's likely that his grave is under there somewhere, but there's no way of knowing for sure. I just read “The Bones of St. Peter” and was having trouble visualizing it all. But that some “circumstantial” evidence points to that, which I guess, if this was a crime court trial, wouldn’t hold up. It will be very interesting to see what you come up with after you get the book! Immediatley and for centuries after the time of his death, why did so many religious leaders chose to build monuments upon monuments over this grave site and not in Jerusalem instead? After Constantine, three different Popes made changes to the altar, the first being Gregory I (590–604) who wanted to perform mass on top of Constantine’s monument and the tomb itself and for that, he raised the floor. But I could be wrong. This is a place for all people who want to share their opinion openly. “THE tomb of the Prince of the Apostles has been found.” The triumphant announcement of Pope Pius XII was transmitted by Vatican radio. It is my understanding that there are several theories and any of them can be as true or as false as the “official” proclaimed by the Vatican. It’s the back of Constantine’s Memoria (which has been reconstructed) with its central vertical porphyry stripe. I hope this helps and do let me know how your visit went! So here’s my final post of this three-part series about the Vatican Necropolis under Saint Peter’s Basilica and the Tomb of Saint Peter. :-). What was in it so precious? Then we came upon what I would describe as the South view of the tomb of St. Peter. While there, i was perusing a used bookstore and stumbled upon the book “The Tombs of St Peter & St Paul” by Engelbert Kirschbaum and John Murray S.J. Some suspect that he is indeed buried at St. Peter’s. Currently you are looking for the grave. It is evident that the finds are subject to interpretation and that they say different things to different people. Was it in Rome I wonder? The central point of the Vatican Necropolis Under St. Peter’s is the area archaeologists referred to as “Trophy of Gaius”, a shrine dating back to the 2nd century on the place where St. Peter’s was supposedly buried. Privileged when visited the scenes of sacred tombs. Pope is Paul, because is was the one assigned to preach to the Gentiles(Acts22v21….Depart; for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles). The Real Story of The Elongated Skulls at The Vatican The report of these elongated skulls is years old at this stage but it does make you wonder what the Vatican knows and when did they know it. Saint Peter 1 – c.64. I tried to see the Necropolis on a previous trip but didn’t know how to make the reservation. As I read it I can relate to your experience. In this were a few of the bones believed to be of St. Peter. It will be an incredible experience, I hope my 3-part series will help you make the most of it! I think about my trip there every day, although it was made 15 years ago. 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