The Scala Santa of the Pontificio Santuario in Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano in Rome, closed for restoration since last summer, will be open to the public and accessible in its original state, exceptionally until Pentecost, on June 9.
The Scala Santa represents one of the sacred places of Rome. It is believed that Jesus climbed it several times to get to the palace of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem on the day he was he was sentenced to death. According to the Christian tradition, Saint Helena, the mother of Constantine, had the stairs transported from Pontius Pilate’s palace in Jerusalem to Rome in 326.
After almost 300 years, the 28 marble steps, on which there are still four stains of the blood of Christ, can be admired and walked over for the first time without the wooden covering Pope Innocent XIII wanted to protect it from wear in 1723.
Three medieval crosses, set in marble in memory of that event, are now visible again: the first in porphyry at the beginning of the staircase, another in bronze at the end, and the third at the eleventh step, on which according to tradition would have fallen Jesus, breaking the marble with the knee.
During the restoration, carried out under the technical and scientific direction of the Vatican Museums, with the contribution of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, thank-you notes, coins, photographs and ex-voto, left over by the faithful over time, have been reported to the light and are currently preserved by Passionist Fathers, custodians of the Sanctuary since 1853.
11 aprile - 30 giugno 2019
visitabile tutti i giorni e senza prenotazione nei seguenti orari:
dalle ore 6.00 alle 13.30 e dalle 15.00 alle 18.30.