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Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem

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Address: Piazza di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme 12, 00185 Rome, Italy
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+39 06 7061 3053
07:30 - 00:45
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem (Latin: Basilica Sanctae Crucis...

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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Basilica worth to visit

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Keith L
Zabbar, Malta
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Zabbar, Malta
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

The Basilica of The Holy Cross in Jerusalem is located between the Basilica of St. John Lateran and Porta Maggiore. It is often overlooked by tourist, but should not be. Aside from the impressive artworks displayed inside the church, we were so impressed with the Chapel of the Holy Relics. These relics were brought to Rome from the Holy Land... More 

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Reviewed 24 January 2017

This church is a must see for Christians. This holds several relics including 'True Cross', thorns from Jesus' crown of thorns and even a nail from the cross. This also has a copy of the Shroud of Turin. It is a testament to St. Helen of the cross and provides an intriguing taste of the early Christian history.

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Reviewed 6 January 2017

The Basilica is a bit off the beaten path and not as beautiful as many of the other churches in Rome. Yet the relics, especially the supposed pieces of the true cross, are worth the visit. The atmosphere is like no other church in Rome, and the Basilica is never crowded. Just be careful not to go during mass.

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Carol Stream, Illinois
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Reviewed 20 October 2016

Somewhat off the beaten track, the Basilica di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme is worth going out of your way to visit. If you visit, you will see the relics which are believed that St. Helen brought to Rome, after her pilgrimage, the fragments of the True Cross and one of the nails used in the Crucifixion.

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is a lovely church, to be honest a bit like all the rest though it's ceiling is particularly stunning; (I was all 'churched out' by this point so can be forgiven). However it's the relics that are of interest here; apparently a genuine piece of the cross, a nail, and 2 thorns from the crown of thorns amongst other... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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Reviewed 7 October 2016

Santa Croce was beautiful. Michelangelo and Galileo are entombed there. It was worth the small entry fee, plus the crowds are not large.

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

A short visit to check out this church and it was mind blowing on the inside but not much to look at from the outside, worth and quick stop in.

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Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed 27 September 2016

It's a lovely church, very interesting for the christian tourists because here are the relics of the holy wood of the cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified. Also, here is a special Chapel with the another relics from origins of Christian religion and a special place when the visitors can put their wishes .

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