The Scala Sancta are a set of 28 white marble steps that are Roman Catholic relics located in an edifice on extraterritorial property of the Holy See in Rome, Italy proximate to the Archbasilica of St. John in Laterano. Officially, the edifice is titled the Pontifical Sanctuary of the Holy Stairs . The Holy Stairs, which long ago were encased in a protective framework of wooden steps, are in an edifice that incorporates part of the old, Papal Lateran Palace. The Holy Stairs lead to the Church of St. Lawrence in Palatio ad Sancta Sanctorum or simply the "Sancta Sanctorum", which was the personal chapel of the early Popes.Using our international travel planner, Rome attractions like Scala Santa and Chapel of San Lorenzo can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
According to Roman Catholic tradition, the Holy Stairs are the steps leading up to the praetorium of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem on which Jesus Christ stepped on his way to trial during his Passion. The Stairs reputedly were brought to Rome by St. Helena in the fourth century. For centuries, the Scala Sancta has attracted Christian pilgrims who wish to honor the Passion of Jesus Christ.
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Scala Santa and Chapel of San Lorenzo reviews
Holy Stairs are located in a small church next to the Basilica of St. John Lateran. According to tradition, these are the stairs that Jesus Christ climbed to meet Pontius Pilate before his passion... more »
This a must for all who belive. The steps can only be climbed on your knees. there are side steps for those who can not climb on there knees. more »
It's definitely a place worth visiting. Not only because of its religious beliefs but also because it's very close to one of the old basilica. What more it's kind of like in the center of city. Explore your shopping options. Before searching for brands look out for the small shops set up in the streets. Any way you are not gonna miss it. I hope my review helps
Get on your knees ! So fortunate to crawl on our knees up the marble steps that Jesus walked before his Crucifixion. And kiss he's falling blood spots. The steps were under wood for 3 hundred years. And removed for a short time so you could crawl on your knees of the original steps of Pontius Pilate
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