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Located just down the road and across the street from the enormous Basilica of St. John in Lateran, the Scala Sancta, whose white marble steps Jesus Christ is said to have graced upon his ascent to the praetorium of the Palace of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem, was reportedly brought to Rome reportedly by St. Helena, the mother of Constantine. This ancient staircase is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Rome, and is probably the major one in the city in addition to the Vatican. There were several people making the journey as I was there. I've read that it's agonizing to complete; people take a short break after each excruciating You can only see the wall frescoes if you ascend the staircase, and there are signs everywhere stating that they can only be climbed on your knees. An elaborate "holy of holies" awaits at the top.

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