Roman Catacombs of St. Lucy

Pagan Shrine


Pagan Shrine


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The so called ‘Pagan Shrine’ is located in the south-western corner of Regio C of the Catacombs of St. Lucy. It is certainly the most important structure predating the foundation of the communal cemetery. With its complex of frescoes with mundane themes and pagan deities, dated between the 1st century BC and 1st century AD, this hypogeal Pagan Shrine, later encompassed in the catacombs without any damage caused to the paintings, still has a central place in the academic dispute.

A related publication can be seen in the collection. Tanasi D. 2016, 3D Digital technologies to record excavation data: the case of the catacombs of St. Lucy (Siracusa, Sicily), J.L. Lerma, M. Cabrellas (eds.), Proceedings of the ARQUEOLOGICA 2.0 – 8th International Congress on Archaeology, Computer Graphics, Cultural Heritage and Innovation, Editorial Universitat de Valencia, pp. 71-77 (co-authored with I. Gradante, M. Sgarlata).


3D model; catacombs


The 3D model is large and complex - its file size is 141 MB. It has 1.5 M vertices and 2.5 M faces. The 3D model was created in Summer 2015 using Digital Photogrammetry. Coded targets were set on the walls in order to create a reference system for the alignment phase. A data-set of 310 pictures was produced using a Nikon D3300 with 24.2 MP, covering every spot of the surfaces of the chamber. Subsequently, the data were processed via Agisoft Photoscan 1.2.6 on the workstation of USF IDEx.

Subject: topical

3D model; catacombs

Subject: geographic

Rome, Italy

Time Period

1st century BC - 1st century AD


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Pagan Shrine



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