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“Holy Relics”

Basilica di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme
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Rome Walking Tour of Holy Sites: Basilica of the...
Ranked #69 of 1,968 things to do in Rome
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem (Latin: Basilica Sanctae Crucis in Hierusalem, Italian: Basilica di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme) is a Roman Catholic minor basilica and titular church in rione Esquilino, Rome, Italy. It is one of the Seven Pilgrim Churches of Rome. According to tradition, the Basilica was consecrated circa 325 to house the relics of the Passion of Jesus Christ brought to Rome from the Holy Land by St. Empress Helena, mother of Roman Emperor Constantine I. At that time, the Basilica's floor was covered with soil from Jerusalem, thus acquiring the title in Hierusalem; it is not dedicated to the Holy Cross which is in Jerusalem, but the Basilica itself is "in Jerusalem" in the sense that a "piece" of Jerusalem was moved to Rome for its foundation.
Reviewed September 18, 2012

This was one of the six churches that we visited on our Christian Tour. The Holy Relics were awe-inspiring. The thorns from Jesus' Crown of Thorns...St. Thomas' finger...wow...This church was a must-see for me.

6  Thank mercyngrace
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

this beautiful xhurch holds one of the nail and two thorns of the Crown of Jesus. Of cource, the centerpiece is the Holy Cross of Jesus.

2  Thank MarijanaTea
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Reviewed May 30, 2012

It's a beautiful and very peaceful baroque church, different from the other important churches of Rome which are always full of noisy people. However, the most important aspect of this church is that some serious studies tell that there is a huge possibility that some relics are true, specially those from the holy cross ("titulus crucis") and it makes this church a very important place in Rome.

1  Thank Magajna
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Reviewed May 15, 2012

For me, this church, located a short distance downhill and left from the front entrance of the basilica of St. John in the Lateran, is most interesting for its life-size photographic replica of the Shroud of Turin. I was last there about 2 years ago (from May, 2012). It is well worth the short walk after visiting the Basilica of St. John.

2  Thank Navassabob
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Reviewed April 2, 2012

The first place we visited in Rome, and a life changing experience. Yes it is down to faith, but those of us who have faith benefit from a visit to this place. It is an unpreposessing building outside, but inside it is a lace of beauty and peace. Make it you first stop in Rome and say a prayer for the success of your visit to the City. It worked for us.

5  Thank Baldyontour
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