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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Scala Santa ære closed for the rest of 2018 for restauration, maybe longer - only the steps besides van be seen - the famous steps can only be seen om photograhs.
The basilica i beautiful to visit

Thank mogensen2018
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Reviewed August 15, 2018 via mobile

Visited here few years ago
This time we took metro from Ottavio station on really hot day
Upon arrival we discovered the scale era non funzione- under construction
Oh well. People were nice & we found a great little place for lunch nearby!

1  Thank R7895LYjeffb
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Reviewed August 11, 2018

A moving and memorial experience. The Church is as spectacular as The Vatican, serene. Beautiful location. A must see

Thank Jo A
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Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

Before heading to Rome, I had never heard of the Scala Santa (Holy Stairs). It is housed in a lovely chapel across the street from St. John Lateran. It is said that this Holy Staircase are the steps that Christ walked up on his way to trial before Pontius Pilate, but it is not 100% confirmed.

It is made up of 28 marble steps that are now covered in wood to try and preserve the steps. There are slots in the wood that you can see the actual marble steps, but you have to be on your knees. For those who are unable to ascend the steps on their knees, they can walk up staircases on either side of the Holy Stairs.

It took us at least 30 minutes to climb the 28 steps on our knees. We said a little prayer at each step. By the time we reached the top, my knees were uncomfortable. A very solemn and unforgettable experience. So HAPPY that we were able to visit this amazing Catholic pilgrimage site!!

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Reviewed July 20, 2018

We had one day in Rome on a boat cruise during October 2017, and one of the highlights was visiting the Pontifical Sanctuary of the Holy Stairs (Pontificio Santuario della Scala Santa). The Holy Stairs lead to the Church of St Lawrence (Chiesa di San Lorenzo in Palatio Sancta Sanctorum). One of our group climbed that stairs on her knees - the others used the normal staircase one the right leading to the Church of St Lawrence and waited for her there. You must walk the 28 steps of the Holy Stairs on your knees, praying at each step. It took her about 25 minutes to get to the top, because there were a lot of pilgrims on the stairway. This was a moving experience for her and us as well.

1  Thank WilmaL334
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Reviewed July 9, 2018

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 little store. If it's summer, wear something breathable - it was very hot!

1  Thank idyllicpursuit
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Reviewed July 8, 2018 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.

1  Thank bertha s
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Reviewed May 19, 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 the 28 steps (replacement steps on the side staircase said to be sanctioned by the Pope) at the time of visit. I walked up the other side staircase and stayed for about 10 minutes.
A place more for pilgrims.

2  Thank A Y
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Reviewed May 10, 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 April 16, 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 the Pope instead. Good artworks in the building. Interesting to watch the conservators in action.

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