Basilica di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme

Basilica di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme

Basilica di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme
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7:30 AM - 12:45 PM, 3:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 12:45 PM
3:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 12:45 PM
3:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 12:45 PM
3:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 12:45 PM
3:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 12:45 PM
3:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 12:45 PM
3:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
About
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. *During celebrations, visits to the Chapel of Relics and to the Chapel of St. Helena are not allowed.
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Neighbourhood: Esquilino
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 basketball games. Look around you: this area isn’t like the historic centre. Liberty architecture, large piazzas, and long boulevards mix with archaic arches, secret side alleys, and beautiful churches like Santa Maria Maggiore.
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  • Lodi • 6 min walk
  • San Giovanni • 8 min walk
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Joe C
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
To be able to see the cross beam that Christ was nailed to, a spike used to nail him to the cross and the inscribed board over his head was very emotional. This church is a must see for Christians
Written 25 April 2024
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Jo T
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Jul 2023 • Family
Gorgeous church with incredible history! St Helena was a brilliant and courageous visionary! Constantine changed the history of Christianity forever. The relics here are some of the most important to the Christian faith. Beautifully presented for understanding, and great setting for reverent prayer. This visit helped our kids grow closer to their faith. The entire church is worth visiting and enjoying for prayer, rest, reflection and art appreciation. Check out Buoni Amici - an A plus restaurant if you need a place to eat between here and St. John Lateran.
Written 4 July 2023
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Renee M
Monterey, California, Usa224 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
Worth a visit to see relics of the true cross, a
nail that pierced Christ’s flesh, and the inscription over his head. Plus a certified copy of the shroud of Turin. All these are housed in a solemn and reverent way, with signs describing the relics and the reasons for their assumed veracity.
Written 31 May 2022
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dapper777
Monaco62,565 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Friends
For us it is very beautiful.
It is an important church located on one side of a triangle with the Basilicas of St. Mary Major and St. John Lateran.
Even seeing it like this, without being able to enter due to the covid pandemic, its beauty is striking.
We will certainly return again to revisit its fantasic interior.
Recommended.
Written 16 March 2021
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James J
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
There are some incredible relics to view...witness. And an absolutely stunning sculpture of Christ done by 80 year old Bernini. This Basilica is a little further away from the center but worth the taxi ride or walk
Written 23 October 2019
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PettRuss8
Pennsylvania330 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Wonderful Basilica, worth visiting for close-up views of the unique and precious relics brought back by St Helena from the Holy Land. We stayed for the 7 pm Mass, held at the Chapel next to the statue of St Helena.. A memorable spiritual experience for our family!
Written 19 October 2019
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roberteX7427OF
Island of Malta, Malta11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
A visit to this basilica is a must; Situated at a walking distance from S. Giovanni Laterano.
Can view relics pertaining to Christ's crucifixion (two thorns, nails, part of Christ's condemnation, Thomas' finger and part of the Good thief's cross.
Written 10 October 2019
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dapper777
Monaco62,565 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
The church, that can be accessed from a wide square, is especially well-known because it houses important relics, like many pieces of Christ's Cross, hence its name, in addition to important frescoes, mosaics and a copy of the Holy Shroud.
As soon as you enter the basilica, you will surely be struck by the wonderful cosmatesque floor (style of geometric decorative inlay artwork), and the 12 colossal marble columns that divide the basilica in three aisles.
Also very suggestive is the wooden ceiling with the 'Apotheosis of Saint Empress Helena' (Emperor Constantine’s mother) by Giaquinto, same author of the frescoes that decorate the apse and the presbitery, except the Legends of the True Cross, which dates back to the 15th century and is considered a masterpiece by Antoniazzo Romano.
From a staircase right to the 18th-century ciborium the small St. Helena's Chapel can be accessed. This chapel preserves underground some soil from the Calvary. On the vault is kept an extraordinary mosaic representing the Blessing Christ, the Evangelists and Histories of the Cross, by Baldassarre Peruzzi according to a design by Melozzo da Forlì.
Finally, going back to the left isle can be accessed the Chapel of Relics, which houses three authentic fragments from the True Cross, the cross of one of the thieves, one nail used in the crucifixion, and small pieces of the scourging pillar, the Holy Sepulchre and the tomb of Jesus. It also contains a reliquary of two of the thorns in the crown of thorns.
Even though its authenticity is not completely certain, tradition tells that the relics were brought by St. Helena herself after her trip to the Holy Land.
Originally built around 320 A.D. it was a small chapel attached to Saint Helena’s home and the floor contained some soil brought back from the holy land.
It definitely was worth it.
Very historic, beautiful, ancient church,
The church, with its gorgeous columns, mosaics, paintings and sculpture offers a calm and serene sanctuary for spiritual reflection. Fantastic chapels abound.
The church is at a little distance from the main historic center, so you need to go a little out of your way to get here, but lovers of historic churches will be amazed.
Written 20 September 2019
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Kathy M
Woodstock, GA408 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
So many amazing relics here and no crowds. The relics of the thorns, the inscription above the cross, is part of the true cross, and part of the cross from the good thief were interesting. The soil from Jerusalem is of interest also by the statue of St Helena.
Written 23 June 2019
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vjv2007
Tampa, FL683 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
Off the tourists beaten path for Rome which is nice to be in an uncrowded neighborhood. When visiting the Basilica, take time to learn about St. Helena and the little girl, Antonietta Meo. She is the youngest person on the way to Sainthood. Her letters to God are in this church.
Written 1 June 2019
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