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Archaeological Area of ​​Santa Croce in Jerusalem

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Eddie S wrote a review Nov 2016
Miami, Florida644 contributions118 helpful votes
The church should be visited by all who want to experience our human values. I would say take your kids and entire family and read and spend some time in the church. I would have never gone if not for my Vatican guide telling me about it. I am so gratful i went. Let say you are not the most religious person, this is not only religious it is real life. I promise please go, it will change your life, it has changed mine. ESR
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Date of experience: November 2016
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Dukielka wrote a review May 2016
New York City, New York489 contributions70 helpful votes
The church keeps very important relics for all Christians: a piece of the Holy Cross and well as the nail used to crucify Jesus...it also has a copy of the shroud of Turin. Definitely, a deep spiritual experience.
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Date of experience: April 2016
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SwmGam wrote a review Feb 2016
Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom301 contributions94 helpful votes
Apparently Emperor Constantine's mother went to Jerusalem in the early 300s AD. Armed with immeasurable wealth and an inquisitive nature she discovered the true cross and brought it back to Rome. Most of the cross was transferred to the Vatican but a few pieces and a bit of a nail remain in Santa Croce. Careless of them to leave it laying around for a couple of hundred years
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Date of experience: February 2016
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kimibar wrote a review Jul 2015
California299 contributions116 helpful votes
This is one of those important churches with such a mixed architectural history that it seems like disconnected pieces. The external façade is by itself pleasing but unremarkable. The first thing one notices is the medieval cosmati-work pavement of the entire interior. Then the very large late 15th-century painted apse (no longer thought to be by Perugino or Peruzzi). A side corridor leads to the Chapel of St. Helen, which also has an intarsia pavement, sharply visible mosaics restored by Melozzo da Forlì; and a moving bas-relief of the Pietà on the altar of the Chapel of the Relics. A full visit incudes archaelogical remains of the area when it was St Helen's Roman palace, a late Roman amphitheater, and the gardens of the former Certosian monastery. The stretch of the original Aurelian walls of the city between this basilica and the Lateran up the street is one of the most accessible to pedestrians on the outer side, and on a sunny day offers nice photos with all the greenery sprouting around and in it.
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Date of experience: July 2015
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etweeden wrote a review Jul 2015
London, United Kingdom757 contributions845 helpful votes
This church is just a brief walk down Viale Carlo Felice from St. aJohn Lateran Basilica. It is a basilica in its own right, and one of the seven pilgrim churches of Rome (Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, St. John Lateran, St. Peter's, St. Paul Outside the Walls, Santa Maria Maggiore, St. Lawrence Outside the Walls and St. Sebastian). Most of us remember that the first Christian Emperor was Constantine. His mother was a Briton and a Christian. After Constantine gained the imperial throne and Christianity became legally tolerated in 313, Helena made a 'tour de force' of the Holy Sites in the Holy Land. She brought several 'souvenirs' back with her to her Palace, which was located at this site. She built a chapel to hold these relics. She also brought a boatload (literally) of soil from Calvary, and had it spread under the floor of this chapel. That is why the basilica is known as 'in Jerusalem' - since the a building stood literally on Jerusalem's soil. The chapel fell into disuse during the dark ages, but was restored in the 12th, 16th, and 18th centuries. A special chapel was built for these relics to be housed in last century, the relics reassembled from various locations and you can see them here. They include a part of 'The Titulus' the inscription at the top of the cross, part of a nail from the cross, three small pieces of wood from the cross, and two thorns from the crown of thorns. Each of these has been studied extensively in the last 150 years and there are differing conclusions regarding their authenticity. There are also other relics from early Christianity in this chapel, including A relic of St. Thomas, and fragments from the Grotto of the Nativity and the Holy Sepulchre. In the last decade, a side room of the chapel has also been built housing a full size replica of the Shroud of Turin. Regardless of authenticity, pilgrims keep coming, but there are not many tourists. There is a small gift shop within the Basilica building. A museum is adjacent to the Basilica as well. Check the website for opening days and times (santacroceroma.it). Guided tours are available. A 'custom' tour is also available. There is a fee for the tour, but of course visiting the church (and chapel of the relics) is free. Enjoy!
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Date of experience: June 2015
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