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Holy Stairs&Sancta Sanctorum chapel

Scala Santa&Chiesa di San Lorenzo
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Historical SiteChurches and Cathedrals
Recommended sightseeing time:2 hours
Address:Piazza San Giovanni In Laterano, 14, Rome
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This church is most famous for its 28 steps. It is a sense of historical vicissitudes, and the feeling is very weathered. Therefore, the local government has also taken protective measures and sealed wooden boards on the steps.

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The penitent and devout follow in the steps of their Savior on what was allegedly the staircase Jesus ascended on his way to trial. Pope Leo XIII deemed that those who climbed the marbled steps on their knees while praying and contemplating the Passion of the Christ could gain plenary indulgence for each of the 28 steps. Today, this practice is still observed and over two million pilgrims pray for forgiveness here every year. The holy stairs were brought from Jerusalem to Rome by St. Helena in the 4th century and now sit in a shrine located opposite the Basilica of Saint John Lateran.
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