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The Holy Staircase of Veroli


Published on:  2018-03-10 10:03:00


The Basilica-Cathedral of Santa Maria Salome, patron of the town of Veroli, is celebrated for its "Holy Staircase", like the more famous versions in Jerusalem and the church of St John Lateran in Rome. The church was built in the place of the discovery in 1209 of the remains of the Saint, witness to the martyrdom of Christ and mother of the Apostles James the Greater and John the Evangelist. In the Basilica, the bishop of Veroli, Lorenzo Tartagni, ordered the construction in the early 18th century of the Holy Staircase, consisting of twelve marble stairs. Pope Benedict XIV decreed that those who ascended this staircase on their knees should be granted one hundred days' indulgence and, once a month, the same indulgence granted by Pope Sixtus V for the Holy Staircase at the Basilica of St John Lateran in Rome. The eleventh step holds a relic of the Cross of Calvary. The Basilica was rebuilt after the earthquake in 1350, and contains images of the Saint and her sons painted by the Cavaliere d'Arpino and Girolamo Imparato.

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