Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem Tours

Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem
One of the Seven Pilgrim Churches of Rome, the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem houses several relics from the Holy Land brought to Rome around 325 AD. The relics are said to be parts of the cross from the Passion of Jesus Christ — carried from Jerusalem by the mother of Roman Emperor Constantine I, the St. Empress Helena. The church name comes from the Jerusalem soil that was laid on the floor of the basilica, as a way of moving part of the holy city to Rome. Though it was once the Palazzo Sessoriano, the palace of the St. Empress Helena, it was later converted into a small chapel.

It has since been renovated and restored over the centuries to its Baroque style facade that exists now. Today visitors can see three relics enshrined: pieces of the True Cross, a nail from the crucifixion, thorns from the crown, and small pieces of the tomb of Jesus and the Holy Sepulchre. There is also a full size replica of the Shrine of Turin.

Practical Info

The basilica is a short walk from San Giovanni in Laterano. It is free to enter.
Address: Piazza di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, Rome 00185, Italy
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Rome Walking Tour of Holy Sites: Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem, San Giovanni in Laterano and Scala Santa

Seek out the religious gems of Rome on a 2-hour, small-group walking tour. In a group that’s limited to just 15 people, you’ll visit the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano, the Scala Santa, and the Basilica of the Holy Cross with a guide. Hear stories about the sacred relics inside the monuments, and discover a side of Rome that many visitors miss.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Tour: Basilicas of Rome

Explore five of Rome’s major basilicas with an option to visit the Catacombs ancient burial site, on this seven-hour private tour including transportation from your Rome hotel by air-conditioned vehicle. Visit the Eternal City’s St. Paul Outside the Walls, Santa Maria Maggiore, St. John Lateran, Holy Cross in Jerusalem, and Church of Domine Quo Vadis, learning from your private guide about their design and the relics, including from the Passion of Jesus, housed inside their ornate chambers.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Private Tour: Holy Sites of Rome

Visit the major religious history sites of Rome on this private, 7-hour tour. Visit the Basilica of Rome, Basilica of Saint Praxedis, and the Patriarchal Basilica of St. Mary Major, and learn the hidden secrets behind these important sites from your guide. You'll also get the chance to cross the threshold of the Holy Door in the Cathedral of Rome. Round-trip transportation from central Rome hotels is included.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Passion of Christ Walking Tour

View items related to the passion and death of Jesus Christ during this 3-hour tour in Rome. Visit the Basilica of St Mary Major to see fragments of the wood from the manger where Jesus was born and explore San Prassede, which features pieces of the pillar upon which Christ was flogged. At the Basilica of Santa Croce, see fragments of the true cross and a nail of the crucifixion. Along the tour, learn about the history of these sacred religious objects from your guide. All entrance fees are included.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Tour: Christian Rome

Step into the early days of Christian history on a private, 6-hour tour of Rome’s holy sites, and experience the city where Constantine, St. Peter and St. Paul lived and preached. Discover the 5th-century Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Basilica of St. John Lateran and Pontius Pilate's steps, an important pilgrimage site. See millennia-old relics treasured by saints and Popes, then head to the below-ground Catacombs for a tour of the tunnels where generations of Christian martyrs were buried and remembered.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private Tour: Basilicas of Rome

Get a comprehensive overview of Rome's basilicas on this 7-hour private tour. Visit important sites in religious history such as St John in Latheran, the Holy Cross in Jerusalem and the Church Quo Vadis. Take advantage of the flexibility and personal attention that comes with booking a private tour; be sure to let your guide know if there are any sites you are particularly interested in. Round-trip private transportation from your Rome accommodation is included.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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The Seven Churches Official Bike Guided Tour

Explore off the beaten path religious landmarks with this guided bike tour. Follow your guide on an itinerary to see seven churches in Rome, including Santa Maria Maggiore, San Lorenzo Fuori Le Mura, and Santa Croce in Gerusalemme. Learn about the history of Christianity in Rome away from the main touristic religious attractions.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Passion of Christ Private Walking Tour

Early Christian history enthusiasts will enjoy this tour of relics from the life of Christ. Visits include the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore to view wood believed to be from Jesus’ manger; Santa Prassede, home to a fragment of the pillar on which Christ is said to have been flogged; and the Basilica of Santa Croce, containing what may be pieces of the cross and a nail from the Crucifixion. You can also walk up the Holy Stairs Jesus once descended.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Easter in Rome Semi-Private Tour

What could be more appropriate at Easter in Rome than visiting the sacred relics of the Passion & Death of Jesus brought to Rome from Jerusalem in the early 4th Century.First we see the Basilica of St Mary Major - containing wood from the manger of Bethlehem and an icon of St Luke.We then go to the Basilica of Santa Prassede which holds magnificent mosaics & has the pillar upon which Christ was flogged.Then we then enter the church of St Alfonso Ligouri to see the world famous icon “Our Lady of Perpetual Help / Succour” also known as the Virgin of the Passion.Then you ascend the Holy Steps that Christ was judged on by Pilate in Jerusalem brought to Rome by St Helena.From there we visit the Cathedral of Rome, containing the skulls of Sts Peter & Paul and finally enter a Church built by St Helena. The church contains sacred relics of the Passion of Christ including those of the Holy Sepulcher, the Cave of Bethlehem, a Nail of The Crucifixion, Thorns of The Crown and more.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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