Sightstitality of Rome: Chapel Sante-Sanctorum

Personal Capel Santa Sanatorum (translated from Latin as "Holy Saints") Located in the Lateran Palace. It was built in 1278 by order of Pope Nicholas II. Capella was devoted to the Roman martyr of St. Lawrence.

This is one of three parts of the Lateran Palace, preserved after a large fire in 1307. The new building around Sante-sanctorum was built by the architect Domenico Fontano only in the XVI century by order of Pope Sict V.

You can climb to the chapel on two side stairs, as well as in the holy staircase – revered by the shrine. According to the legend, it was from the Holy Ladder Jesus Christ went to the court of Pith Pilate. Therefore, it is possible to climb on it only on the knees, pronouncing special prayers. It consists of twenty-eight steps closed with wooden boards. Places where the Savior Blood got closed with glass. In Rome, the Holy Ladder transported the mother of the emperor Konstantin Great Elena.

Shortly after the opening of the building, the arch and walls of the holy staircase were decorated with frescoes of the authorship of Giovanni Guerra and Cesare Nebbia. Two side stairs are used either during the pilgrimage of a large number of believers, or to descend down.

Drop Sancta-sanctuator is called holy saints due to a large number of sacred relics, frescoes and mosaics. One of the relics preserved to date is the icon of Christ, made in the Byzantine style. It dates back to the century and is called Acheiropoieton, that is, non-manual. It was her that was rushed around the city during the epidemic of the plague. Other references from Capella were transferred to storage in the Vatican Museums.

Capella Altar decorates Acheirpoiethon icon, which is dated a century

Working hours:
Capella Santa Sanctorum: daily from 6.00 to 12.30, from 15.00 to 18.00 Besides in the morning Wednesday and Sunday, Mass are held from 6.30 to 7.00, from 9.00 to 10.00, in 17.30 (from October to March), 18.00 (from April to September), on holidays at 7.30, 8.30, 10.00, 11.30, 17.30 (from October to March), 18.30 (from April to September)

Sightstitality of Rome Chapel Sante-sanctuator

Holy staircase: from April 1 to September 20 daily from 6.15 to 12.00, from 15.30 to 18.30, from October 1 to March 31 daily from 6.15 to 12.00, from 15.00 to 18.00.

Ticket price: from 3.5 to 5 euros

How to get: The nearest stop of Porta San Giovanni (buses No. 16, 81, 85, 87, 571, 650, 665, 673, trams number 3, 8)

Address: Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano, 14, Santuario Della Scala Santa, 00184 Rome, Italy

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