In the district that bore this designation, lying close to the Appian Way, the basilica of San Sebastiano was erected, and the extensive burial-vaults beneath that church - in which, according to tradition, the bodies of the apostles St Peter and St Paul rested for a year and seven months previous to their removal to the basilicas which bear their names - were, in very early times, called from it coemeterium ad catacumbas, or catacumbas alone.
The original designation of these places of sepulture is crypta or coemeterium.
Near the well-known subterranean chapel in the Coemeterium Ostrianum was discovered by Mgr.
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