The cubicle that houses frescoes representing the resurrection of Lazarus is one of the latest, most magnificent discoveries to be found in the Roman Catacombs of Priscilla after five years of archaeological exploration.
Lasers have been used to restore these ancient frescoes that increase even more the value of the Catacombs of Priscilla, with their priceless paleochristian works of art that include the first known image of the Holy Mother and Child.
In the frescoes showing the miracle of the resurrection of Lazarus, which date back to the 4th century A.D., Jesus is seen dressed in the style of the Roman Empire and touching with a wand the mummy of Lazarus, still lying in his tomb.
The value of the new find lies in the lively colors and almost perfect restoration made possible by the use of lasers, Catacombs of Priscilla superintendent and Pontifical Commission of Sacred Archaeology member Fabrizio Bisconti told Efe.
Archaeological works over the past five years have led to the recovery of more than 700 fragments of sarcophagi, examples of funerary sculpture of the late Roman Empire that bear witness to the interaction between the pagan and Christian worlds and the cultural evolution between the 3rd and 5th centuries, a time when the catacombs began to have a Christian usage.
Starting next month, the launch of a Google Maps program will reveal all these discoveries and allow everyone interested to make a virtual visit to ancient underground Rome.