Scala Santa & Sancta Sanctorum
Flanking Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano, itself dominated by Rome’s oldest and tallest obelisk , is Domenico Fontana’s 16th-century...
Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
For a thousand years this monumental cathedral was the most important church in Christendom. Commissioned by the Emperor Constantine and...
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Lonely Planet review
Brought to Rome by St Helena in the 4th century, the Scala Santa is said to be the staircase that Jesus walked up in Pontius Pilate’s palace in Jerusalem. Pilgrims consider it sacred and climb it on their knees, saying a prayer on each of the 28 steps. At the top, the richly frescoed Sancta Sanctorum (Holy of Holies) was formerly the pope’s private chapel.
Behind the Scala building you’ll see what appears to be a cut-off cross-section of a building, adorned with a showy gold mosaic. This is the Triclinium Leoninum , an 18th-century reconstruction of the end wall of the banqueting hall in the original Palazzo Laterano.