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Basilica di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme
 

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Panorama taken inside outside Basilica di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme in Rome. This church is hugely popular for weddings.

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Basilica di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme - FURTHER INFORMATION

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The Basilica di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme literally translates as the 'Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem'. This church stands very close to the church of San Giovanni in Laterano in Rome.

The church contains a large number of relics from the Holy Land. It was built on land belonging to empress St. Helen, the mother of Constantine, who brought back some relics from Jerusalem around 300AD, including pieces of the 'True Cross'. The oldest part of the church is the 4th-century Chapel of St. Helen, said to be used personally by her.

Among the relics within the Basilica di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme are fragments of the Good Theif's Cross, the bone of the index finger that Thomas placed in the Jesus' wound, a piece of the scourging pillar, three thorns from the crown of thorns and a nail used in the crucifixion.

One of the most interesting relics is a wooden board discovered during renovations 1492 which bears the word 'Nazarene' written in Hebrew, Greek and Latin hidden behind some brickwork. Little of the board's history is known except that Egeria, a 4th century traveller, reported that such a relic was venerated in Jerusalem at the time.

ADDRESS

12 Piazza di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme
Rome



TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE

Metro: Ponte Casilino



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