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  • Address: Piazza di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, Rome, Italy 00185

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Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem Tours

One of the Seven Pilgrim Churches of Rome, the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem houses several relics from the Holy Land brought to Rome around 325 AD. The relics are said to be parts of the cross from the Passion of Jesus Christ — carried from Jerusalem by the mother of Roman Emperor Constantine I, the St. Empress Helena. The church name comes from the Jerusalem soil that was laid on the floor of the basilica, as a way of moving part of the holy city to Rome. Though it was once the Palazzo Sessoriano, the palace of the St. Empress Helena, it was later converted into a small chapel.

It has since been renovated and restored over the centuries to its Baroque style facade that exists now. Today visitors can see three relics enshrined: pieces of the True Cross, a nail from the crucifixion, thorns from the crown, and small pieces of the tomb of Jesus and the Holy Sepulchre. There is also a full size replica of the Shrine of Turin.

Practical Info

The basilica is a short walk from San Giovanni in Laterano. It is free to enter.

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Rome Walking Tour of Holy Sites: Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem, San Giovanni in Laterano ... 
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Rome Walking Tour of Holy Sites: Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem, San Giovanni in Laterano and Scala Santa

Discover hidden gems of Rome on this 2-hour tour to the Cathedral of Rome in San Giovanni, the oldest church in the city, the Holy Steps, and the Basilica of ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $43.59
Private Tour: Basilicas of Rome, Rome, Cultural Tours
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Private Tour: Basilicas of Rome

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Explore five of Rome’s major basilicas with an option to visit the Catacombs ancient burial site, on this seven-hour private tour including transportation from ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.63
Private Tour: Christian Rome, Rome, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Private Tour: Christian Rome

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Step into the early days of Christianity, during this private six-hour guided tour beginning and ending at your hotel. Led by a local knowledgeable English ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $348.70

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