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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
Esquilino
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I climbed up the stairs on my knees, which was incredibly painful and it took a very long time. I recommend brining a cushion (like you'd use in the garden) to protect your knees. Once you get to the top, you can shop in the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The person at the desk is so rude. I definitely did not expect this from someone at a religious place. I’m very disappointed since I was really looking forward to visiting this place.

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Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile

I knew nothing about this and chanced upon it after visiting San Giovanni de Laterano. The frescoes around the holy stairs are under renovation ( for the whole of 2018) and the whole staircase is boarded off. There were a few devout believers who climbed...More

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Reviewed 11 May 2018

Rather disappointing that the stairs were closed for renovation but still worth a visit. Do go upstairs as there are some fantastic paintings on the ceiling and a chapel to visit.

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Reviewed 17 April 2018

We called in here as it was raining heavily outside. Worth a visit. If you are planning on climbing the stairs on your knees then be advised that the Scala Sancta are currently closed for renovation and there is a replacement stair case approved by...More

2  Thank Claire P
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Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

A holy destination but the outside and the steps are closed for renovation. You can use the steps next to the holy steps to pray on your knees. It is painful because they are solid marble.

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Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

It was a great experience. Being able to relive more history in this city just makes it more unbelievable.

Thank Dale B
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Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

They are currently (March 18) restoring the stairs themselves but you can still visit the chapel and adjacent stairs.

1  Thank Standard11111
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Reviewed 31 January 2018

Knowing that these are the steps Jesus descended brought me to tears. I climbed it on my knees and kissed every step also. I was overwhelmed with the holy spirit.

3  Thank Annabel B
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Reviewed 23 January 2018

The Scala Santa, Chapel of San Lorenzo and the Sancta Sanctorum are all housed in this small building opposite St.John in Lateran. With foundations built on the remains of ancient Imperial Rome, it has on its exterior wall, the mosaic decorated remains of the apse...More

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Michele L
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Response from JellyrollsKaren | Reviewed this property |
I took the subway to San Giovanni and walked from there. I had a bit of a tough time finding it, though. I even went into a store and asked some of the workers, and they had no idea what I was even talking about. Look for... More
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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.
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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.
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