Bus loads of people gathered near the entrance. Our group escaped the blazing sun by standing in a nearby shaded area. We entered a stuffy, dark cavern with limited ventilation. We walked down a circular staircase that had approximately 100 steps. We were unable to take any photographs. Too many people were crowded into a tight space. It was not possible to hear most of what our guide said. People in our group as well as adjacent groups were talking. I wish that I had a better understanding of what I saw since there was no printed information and I could not hear most of what the guide was saying.
The steps were not that difficult, but many people struggled climbing back up.
Neither the area above the site or the catacombs were well maintained. This can be contrasted to the Catacombs in Israel. Those catacombs are well lit, ventilated, include signage, and printed materials.
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