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Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem

Piazza di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme 12, 00185 Rome, Italy
+39 06 7061 3053
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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.
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Piazza di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme 12, 00185 Rome, Italy
+39 06 7061 3053
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My daughter, 12 yrs old, and I went to see this since it wasn't far from our hotel. It was worth a visit to see a less crowded but still beautiful church. There are also a couple nice bakery/coffee/wine cafes across the street.

Thank Cynthia B
Reviewed 2 days ago

We were amazed at the amount of relics at this church located near St John Lateran. Our cab driver told us about it when I told him we were Christians who loved the relics in Rome! We were so glad to find this church and...More

Thank Kathy M
Reviewed 4 days ago

Virtually empty of people when we visited at about 3 PM. So close to the Lateran Palace, it is so easy to visit. The relics and objects found here are so interesting. A must see!

Thank Steven L
Reviewed 15 May 2017

Contained in this church are several relics related to Christ' crucifixion . These relics include parts of the cross, thorns and a nail, as well as a phalanx from St Thomas. There is also a full size replica of the Shroud of Turin. This is...More

Thank allroadsleadtorome3
Reviewed 5 April 2017

This basilica is really worth to visit for every religious person because one here can find relics from the Holy Cross amongst other things.

Thank Keith L
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Inside the Basilica is a special place where many people from all the world come to climb the stairs praying.

Thank massimoswitz
Reviewed 18 February 2017

The Basilica of The Holy Cross in Jerusalem is located between the Basilica of St. John Lateran and Porta Maggiore. It is often overlooked by tourist, but should not be. Aside from the impressive artworks displayed inside the church, we were so impressed with the...More

Thank Maggi713
Reviewed 24 January 2017

This church is a must see for Christians. This holds several relics including 'True Cross', thorns from Jesus' crown of thorns and even a nail from the cross. This also has a copy of the Shroud of Turin. It is a testament to St. Helen...More

Thank Cyril A
Reviewed 6 January 2017

The Basilica is a bit off the beaten path and not as beautiful as many of the other churches in Rome. Yet the relics, especially the supposed pieces of the true cross, are worth the visit. The atmosphere is like no other church in Rome,...More

Thank mjsheridan130
Reviewed 20 October 2016

Somewhat off the beaten track, the Basilica di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme is worth going out of your way to visit. If you visit, you will see the relics which are believed that St. Helen brought to Rome, after her pilgrimage, the fragments of the...More

Thank Rocket0210
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
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Have these relics been authenticated? Is it necesssary to cook a tour?
27 April 2017|
Response from Supermom1 |
Is it necessary to book a tour?
How can i get from the Trevi fountain to the basílica di santa croce in gerusalemme, rome
29 August 2015|
Response from Irene W | Reviewed this property |
I did not visit the Trevi fountain but I was at the Colosseum and caught a tram route #3 from there (about 5 stops) to the Basilica. Public transport is great in Rome so you should have no problems getting from one site to... More