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Basilica di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme

Piazza di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme 12, 00185 Rome, Italy
+39 06 7061 3053
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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.
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Piazza di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme 12, 00185 Rome, Italy
+39 06 7061 3053
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing relics (and for free to view them!) which included a piece of the one true cross, two thorns from Jesus’ crown, a piece of wood with Pilate’s judgment, doubting thomas’ finger bone, and a couple of other items. It is up to you to...More

1  Thank Diseree D
Reviewed 5 October 2017

This church is attached to our hotel - and still used daily for service and weddings - which is one of the best things about it since it has been there for a good long time! Just take a look - its free - it...More

Thank platinumpea
Reviewed 24 August 2017

We were told whilst purchasing tickets for the courtyard for St John in the Lateran that we could also visit this place where some worshippers 'climb' the three stairways in search of redemption for their sins-there is also a staircase where you can walk the...More

Thank Lady_Snowhawk
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

A hidden treasure very close to basilica san giovanni in laterano.Very touching atmosphere. Beatiful items

Thank Αντωνια Γ
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

My daughter, 12 yrs old, and I went to see this since it wasn't far from our hotel. It was worth a visit to see a less crowded but still beautiful church. There are also a couple nice bakery/coffee/wine cafes across the street.

Thank CindyBearFamily
Reviewed 21 June 2017

We were amazed at the amount of relics at this church located near St John Lateran. Our cab driver told us about it when I told him we were Christians who loved the relics in Rome! We were so glad to find this church and...More

Thank Kathy M
Reviewed 19 June 2017

Virtually empty of people when we visited at about 3 PM. So close to the Lateran Palace, it is so easy to visit. The relics and objects found here are so interesting. A must see!

Thank Steven L
Reviewed 15 May 2017

Contained in this church are several relics related to Christ' crucifixion . These relics include parts of the cross, thorns and a nail, as well as a phalanx from St Thomas. There is also a full size replica of the Shroud of Turin. This is...More

1  Thank allroadsleadtorome3
Reviewed 5 April 2017

This basilica is really worth to visit for every religious person because one here can find relics from the Holy Cross amongst other things.

Thank Keith L
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Inside the Basilica is a special place where many people from all the world come to climb the stairs praying.

Thank massimoswitz
Old school vibe from the very beginning is the only
way to describe the Esquilino neighbourhood. The
Esquilino takes pride in being one of the oldest areas
in Rome for its key location on one of the city’s
famous seven hills. From an ancient neighbourhood to
its modern incarnation as a multicultural hub,
Esquilino always has something going on—polyglot
vendors debate street artists while kids play pick-up
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27 April 2017|
Response from Supermom1 |
Is it necessary to book a tour?
29 August 2015|
Response from Irene W | Reviewed this property |
I did not visit the Trevi fountain but I was at the Colosseum and caught a tram route #3 from there (about 5 stops) to the Basilica. Public transport is great in Rome so you should have no problems getting from one site to... More