Pontifical Academy "Cultorum martyrum"

Historical notes

On 2 February 1879 the Collegium Cultorum Martyrum  was established by M. Armellini, A. Hytreck, O. Marucchi ed E. Stevenson, leading experts on the Sacred aspects of the Ancient world. Then through the express desire of Blessed John Paul II it was raised to the status of Pontifical Academy and connected to the Pontifical Council for Culture. The Academy has the task of promoting the cult of the Holy Martyrs and the study and spread of awareness of the history of the Martyrs of the Faith and their monuments from the first years of Christianity. Hence it organises celebrations in the ancient cemeteries of Christianity and in other sacred spaces, with religious rites and academic archeological conferences. The Academy holds at least two General Assemblies every year, at the Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology and in the Schola Collegii, its centre located in the Teutonic College in the Vatican.


Schola Collegii

S. Maria in Camposanto

Piazza Protomartiri Romani

00120 Città del Vaticano

Palazzo del Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana

Via Napoleone III, 1

00185 Roma

Telefono e fax: 06.445.58.33


Pontificia Accademia "Cultorum Martyrum"

00120 Città del Vaticano

e-mail: cultorum.martyrum@org.va