On Good Friday Scala Santa is packed with pilgrims who perform penitence by climbing these 28 wood-covered steps on their knees. According to tradition, these steps were trod by Christ when he was led to Pontius Pilate for his trial. St Helen, mother of Emperor Constantine, brought the steps to Rome from Jerusalem. Pope Sixtus V had them placed in their present position. They are covered in wood so that no foot can touch them, and this is the reason why the faithful climb up them on their knees.
Attractions & Landmarks, Religious
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- Nearest Train: Manzoni Museo della Liberazione