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“Something completely different” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Romeinse Katakomben Valkenburg

Romeinse Katakomben Valkenburg
Plenkertstraat 55, 6301 GL Valkenburg, The Netherlands
043 - 6012554
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Ranked #10 of 16 Attractions in Valkenburg
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“Something completely different”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

This attraction is something completely different. In 1912 a rich benefactor decided that it would be nice to copy the Roman Catacombs of ancient Rome in artificial caves in the marl rock hills in Valkenburg. He sent engineers and artists to those original catacombs to make drawings of the underground caves, layouts and frescoes in order to copy them in the Valkenburg caves. So if you don't have occasion to visit the real thing at the Via Appia Antica in Rome, here is the second best without the skeletons of course. The guided tour is every hour on the hour; the first tour starts at 11 am. Group size is limited to 24. The guide carries a big lantern; the participants are equipped with small wax candles..... and off into the darkness. What shall I say about the experience. Obviously the copying work is done meticulously, and the explanation of the guide is competent, but in my personal opinion, one hour is just too long to hold the attention. Furthermore, while is is a different experience from a regular museum, it stays second best to the original in Rome of course. I don't think I will repeat my visit; the appeal has been exhausted by the first visit. By the way, the Dutch annual museum pass is valid here.

Visited June 2013
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