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Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem

The Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, located in Rome, is a historical monument of great religious and cultural importance. Built on the remains of the Sessorium, an imperial residential complex, this church stands as a testimony to Christian devotion and the history of Christianity in Rome. Initially transformed into a chapel by Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine, to house the relics of the Cross she brought from the Holy Land, the basilica was subsequently renovated and embellished over the centuries, with special mention of the renovation carried out by Pope Lucius II in the 12th century and the Baroque works commissioned by Benedict XIV in the 18th century.

Inside the basilica, visitors can admire a rich collection of relics related to the Passion of Christ, including fragments of the True Cross, thorns from the Crown of Christ and a piece known as the Titulus Crucis, which bears the inscription INRI. These relics, venerated since the 4th century, are tangible witnesses to the faith and devotion of the early Christians and continue to attract pilgrims and the faithful from all over the world. In addition to its religious importance, the Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme is also an architectural and artistic treasure, with a remarkable collection of Baroque works of art and decorations that make it a must-see destination for those visiting the Eternal City in search of spiritual and cultural enrichment.

  • Address
    Piazza di S. Croce in Gerusalemme 10, 00185 Rome, Italy
  • Web
  • Visiting Hours
    Labor days from 8:00 to 12.45 and from 3:30pm to 7:30pm, Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 8:00 to 8:00pm
  • What to see
    Relic of the Cross of Christ

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