Unearthing history beneath St. Peter’s Basilica

LIFE examines the history beneath St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. For more photos, click here.

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REGIONS

  • Pope Pius' sarcophagus
  • St. Peter's interior
  • Tomb of the Caetennii
  • Basilico floor
  • Pope Pius' sarcophagus
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Tomb of the Caetennii

The tomb of the Caetennii (17 x 18 feet) was one of the richest and most lavishly decorated of all those excavated beneath St. Peter’s. (Nat Farbman—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)