With such simple means the earliest Christian artists evoked the light of the world, flickering in the surrounding darkness, casting a living, dancing shadow on the walls of a Roman tenement or catacomb .
The slow progression of arches, with their classical stonework, feels more like something from a Roman catacomb than from the London Underground.
This and their fourth-century date - well into the Christian empire - has led some scholars to propose for them a hidden Christian significance, calling in support other images of Orpheus in Christian catacombs in Rome.
While their Roman counterparts worshipped in catacombs and underground vaults, the Egyptian Christians built their churches openly and performed their ceremonies in full view of the Empire.
But from the very beginning, Christians used other means of artistic expression as well, such as sketches on the walls of Roman catacombs .
Christian paintings from over fifty western masters are brought together here to tell the story of western Christian belief, piety, and history from the catacombs through the twentieth century.
Badgers actually live together in large underground catacombs called ‘setts.’
He lived in dangerous times, so he constructed several secret passageways and catacombs underneath the city and inside the castle.
And because of its sudden notoriety, the Hell-Fire Club had to move from the abbey at Medmenham to a hidden warren of Gothic catacombs Sir Francis created at his nearby estate, some 30 miles north-west of London.
In those cases, the water stopped flowing and turned the kyareses into dry but comfortable underground catacombs .