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Scala Santa and Chapel of San Lorenzo

Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano 14, 00184 Rome, Italy
+39 06 772 6641
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For centuries, the Scala Santa has attracted Christian pilgrims and visitors who wished to honor the Passion of Christ. Tradition says that originally the Holy Stairs led to the praetorium, or judgment hall, of Pontius Pilate's palace in Jerusalem. Today, those same 28 white marble steps lead to the Sancta Sanctorum, or “Holiest of Holy Places”, the first private chapel of the Popes. Many have undergone the spiritual ritual of ascending the stairs on their knees.The Sanctuary of the Holy Stairs, one of the major projects by Pope Sixtus V, encompasses 1700 m of frescoes completed in 1590. These images tell the story of both the old and new testaments while including depictions of various saints, doctors of the church and the superb landscapes by Flemish master Paul Bril.
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Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano 14, 00184 Rome, Italy
+39 06 772 6641
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Although the site of the Scala Sancta attracts many very religious visitors. It is also interesting for those who are less religious. Dress appropriately & climb the sacred stairs on your knees behind the rest of the crowd, saying a prayer on each step.

Thank AB5Cork
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Scala Santa should be on every Christian's bucket list of places to see. It is incredibly moving. You must see it to experience it! Be sure to pay the E3.5 to get into the Holy of Holies Room at the top of the Scala...More

1  Thank Steven L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A visit to the Holy Stairs is a must for anyone of the faith.... keep in the mind, the stairs and adjoining church, close down from 2pm to 3pm, Pictures are allowed, but only from the bottom...once you get to the top, you will quickly...More

1  Thank tattooedtraveller
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stopped by to see the Scala Santa, the steps that Jesus climbed to see Pontius Pilot. People pray and climb up these stairs on their steps. I have weak knees so I couldn't climb the stairs on my knees, but I did kneel on...More

Thank JellyrollsKaren
Reviewed 19 May 2017

People going there are very solemn and pray on their knees all the way up the stairs. the Chapel at the top is also very beautiful. There is a separate set of stairs if you want to walk up. The other statues there are also...More

Thank Renate V
Reviewed 9 May 2017

Small but beautiful chapel with what are believed to be the steps that Jesus climbed when he went to see Pontius Pilot. Pilgrims and the faithful climb up these on their knees and praying.

Thank escargo2k
Reviewed 22 April 2017

It is next to the Lateran cathedral. We did not come in, but look interesting from the outside. I think the entrance is somewhere behind.

Thank Ogi0
Reviewed 17 April 2017

We didn't even know these stairs existed until it was noted to us while we were visiting St. John Lateran across the street, and being in Rome in Holy Week and practicing Catholics we felt it would be worth visiting. So we crossed the street...More

Thank theyoussefs
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Across the street from San Giovanni Lateran church is Scala Santa. The Holy Staircase was believed to be brought back from Jerusalem by St. Helena, the mother of Constantine. This staircase is believed to be ascended by Jesus on his way to be judged by...More

Thank GreenThumb331
Reviewed 1 April 2017

Christian pilgrims visit to climb the Holy Stairs on their knees. I thought it was very moving to observe them, even as a non-Christian. There is another staircase to the right that you can walk up, and the chapel is at the top.

Thank Mari818
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What are the hours of operation?
3 March 2016|
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Response from Mike K | Reviewed this property |
Don't know exact hours, but sure it is open all day.
Jaz G
I am planning to be in Rome on Easter week and,have been booking tours for Rome.I have been unable to get a tour for The Chapel of San Lorenzo Santa Escala it's been sold out for Holy Friday the 25 and for Saturday March 26.My question is,if I go with my family on my own before San Lorenzo opens at 6 a.m would I be able to see Santa Scala without a long wait?? I'm also interested to see The Viel of Veronica.Thankyou
14 December 2015|
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Response from Jesse N | Reviewed this property |
I don't know about Easter week, but we had a family of 14 there at about 10am on a weekday and we walked right in without a wait.
Connie S
Can you see the stairs of Santa Scala through the iron grated door? We cannot visit during the open hours but were hoping just to get to see the stairs through the door.
13 February 2015|
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Response from SihYing | Reviewed this property |
I can't recall exactly but if I am not wrong, you may get a glimpse of the Holy Stairs through the iron grated door... yet if your time and schedule ever permits - at the next visit - it's nothing like experiencing the Holy... More