The Holy Stairs, in Italian “Scala Sancta” 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 were brought to Rome by Saint Helena in the fourth century. The Holy Stairs reopened in April 2019 after being closed for restoration. All who climb up the sacred marble steps on their knees, will receive Plenary Indulgence upon completion. For over 300 years, Pilgrims were not allowed to kneel on the actual marble steps, but rather could climb the steps on their knees on a wooden staircase over the steps. For a brief time in 2019, Pilgrims had the opportunity to climb the marble steps. The 28 white marble stairs are located inside the Holy Stairs Sanctuary which is visited by hundreds of thousands of devout Catholics each year. The steps lead to the Church of Saint Lawrence which was at one time the personal chapel of the Holy Father.
Location: Piazza di S. Giovanni in Laterano, 14, 00185 Roma RM, Italy
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