Saint Eusebius: Saint Restituta’s crypt

In the city of Cagliari, Italy, lies Saint Restituta’s crypt, which was naturally excavated and dates back to the III century B.C .The tradition identifies it as the place of the saint’s imprisonment and martyrdom. In the thirteenth century, the crypt was dedicated to the cult of Saint Restituta, who is traditionally recognized as St. Eusebius’ mother.

The Saint’s remains were found inside a pottery urn in the cave, by the time the excavations were being carried out to recover the martyrs’ relics in the fifth century. The central niche contained the statue of the Saint and the side niches, the simulacra of St. Eusebius and St. Eusebia, the Saint’s children.

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