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Scala Santa and Chapel of San Lorenzo

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Address: Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano 14, 00184 Rome, Italy
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(+39) 06 77 26 641
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15:00 - 18:30
06:00 - 14:00
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Sun 07:00 - 14:00
Sun - Sat 15:00 - 18:30
Mon - Sat 06:00 - 14:00
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For centuries, the Scala Santa has attracted Christian pilgrims and...

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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Interesting place to visit

Once you enter the front door, it's either you kneel-walk up the sacred stairs with everyone else at slow pace (no race), or take the stairs at the right. At the top you will see... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Once you enter the front door, it's either you kneel-walk up the sacred stairs with everyone else at slow pace (no race), or take the stairs at the right. At the top you will see the church itself. Interesting place to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It amazing to the Holy Steps Jesus Christ walked in on his way to see Pilot. They were moved from Jerusalem to Rome. You must go on your knees up the stairs. It is free. On the other side you can walk down the marble steps.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Across the street from the church san Giovanni is the Scalia Santa. This is a truly holy place that you will always remember. You may remember because you have to climb the holy stairs on your knees saying specific prayers on the way up. You feel like you are in the holiest place on earth because of the silence and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

My family stopped by here after visiting St John Lateran - we are blessed that we did. The experience will always be ingrained in my mind and soul.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

The staircase is the actual steps that St Helena brought back from Jerusalem. Jesus Christ stood on these steps while he was being sentenced by Pontius Pilate. Your knees will hurt going up as you kneel while climbing this stairs.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

I went here purely for its significance in Christianity and I was not disappointed. The requirement that you must be quiet aided with this. I did not climb the steps because people were taking their time and praying (I tend to move things quickly), but the did not take away from anything because being there was enough to appreciate the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

It is a good place to have some quiet time and pray. I Liked this place full of humility and silence.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

This church has a special place in many pilgrims hearts, as it is believed to include the stairs on which Jesus walked prior to his death. Whether that's true or not remains a mystery, but watching the pilgrims pray at the church is rather moving, and the church is lovely to begin with.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

The place is purely religious. It contains the staircase scaled by Jesus before he was condemned to death. You can climb it only on your knees, but you can choose to go up in the normal staircase by the side. It has a beautiful statue of Judas betraying Jesus with a kiss. You can see the ring of coins in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Was really a highlight of my trip. To actually climb the stairs Jesus climbed to meet Pilate was amazing. The church was beautiful as well. If your knees can't take it, there are stairs to the right where you can walk up.

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