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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 1 week ago via mobile

Happened upon this site while in Rome. The stairs must be climbed on your knees. Very spiritual experience.

Thank Phyllis Z
Reviewed 1 week ago

Because of physical problems I took the stairs, but I was certainly moved by the numbers of people of all ages who ascended the Holy Staircase on their knees, stopping to pray at each step.

Thank John L
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed very close to this location and went to visit. Make sure you are dressed for an Italian church and cover up. It was a great experience. In order to get to the top of the stairs you need to go on your knees...More

Thank Maria J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Certainly worth dropping in as it is across the road from the Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano and a short walk from the Basilica di San Clemente which are both worth seeing. Unless you are so inclined to practice your own devotions you only...More

Thank David T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The 28 steps the Scala Santa (Holy Stairs) have been traditionally identified as the very same ascended by Jesus in Pontius Pilate’s palace in Jerusalem. Believers are seen climbing them on their knees. Great experience. Free entrance. Visit Duration: 30-60 min. Facing Basilica di San...More

Thank Rabih S
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 16 June 2017

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

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Reviewed 30 May 2017

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 27 May 2017

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
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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
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
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