Rome’s Jewish Catacombs receive government funding for conservation and restoration in 2017
According to the Italian news daily Corriere della Sera the Italian government's Consiglio Nazionale dei Beni Culturali has assigned nearly 1.5 million euro to finance work in the Jewish catacombs of Rome ("I fondi dei Beni culturali per le catacombe ebraiche a Roma", di Paolo Conti).
|Detail of the Jewish catacomb wall painting beneath the Villa Torlonia [Credit: World Monuments Fund]|
The Corriere article does not specify whether or not the 2017 project will lead to limited public access, in small groups by reservation, but the catacomb complex, even in its current state, is in stable condition.
Much credit is due to the Israeli Antiquities Authority for getting the Italians to renew their commitment to safeguarding one of the largest ancient Jewish sites outside of Israel, as well as the continued advocacy on behalf of the Jewish catacombs by the Unione delle Communita' Ebraiche Italiane.
Source: International Catacomb Society [October 28, 2016]