catacomb


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catacomb

Underground passageways used as cemeteries, with niches for sarcophagi or smaller ones for cinerary urns.
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We had passed through walls of piled bones, with casks and puncheons intermingling, into the inmost recesses of catacombs.
Its walls had been lined with human remains, piled to the vault overhead, in the fashion of the great catacombs of Paris.
I placed my hand upon the solid fabric of the catacombs, and felt satisfied.
My heart grew sick on account of the dampness of the catacombs.
He is in a very picturesque place -- do you know the catacombs of St.
Your excellency," said Peppino, addressing the count, "if you will follow me, the opening of the catacombs is close at hand.
Five corridors diverged like the rays of a star, and the walls, dug into niches, which were arranged one above the other in the shape of coffins, showed that they were at last in the catacombs.
It is not improbable, then, from what you have explained," said he, "that among the catacombs near the Nile there may exist other mummies of the Scarabaeus tribe, in a condition of vitality?
The primeval world,--the Fore-World, as the Germans say, --I can dive to it in myself as well as grope for it with researching fingers in catacombs, libraries, and the broken reliefs and torsos of ruined villas.
The glories of Thebes and Balbec--columns, catacombs, and pyramids
And to Adam the church service was the best channel he could have found for his mingled regret, yearning, and resignation; its interchange of beseeching cries for help with outbursts of faith and praise, its recurrent responses and the familiar rhythm of its collects, seemed to speak for him as no other form of worship could have done; as, to those early Christians who had worshipped from their childhood upwards in catacombs, the torch-light and shadows must have seemed nearer the Divine presence than the heathenish daylight of the streets.
Each catacomb had the potential to house 480 bodies, and each has two stairways, two coffin Graham Marshall lifts and two airshafts.