Vatican Unveils Stairs That Jesus Walked to Face Pilate’s Judgement for First Time in 300 Years

The Vatican uncovered the stairs that Jesus walked to face Pontius Pilate’s judgement, revealing the bare marble for the first time in 300 years.

Pope Innocent XIII ordered that the Holy Stairs, or Scala Sancta, be covered with walnut planks in 1723 to protect the marble, but Vatican caretakers removed the planks for a two-month renovation project, allowing visitors to walk in what Christians believe to be the footsteps of Christ.

Tradition holds that Jesus ascended and descended the 28 steps several times to face the judgement of Roman governor Pontius Pilate before his crucifixion, staining them with his blood. . .

Crosses mark three spots where Jesus’ blood is said to have fallen on the steps when he returned to Pilate after authorities flogged him. Christian faithful ascend the steps, often on their knees, and pause to kiss these spots. . .

The steps lead to a room called the Holy of Holies, which once served as a private chapel for popes. An icon of Jesus dating back to the fifth century and several relics of church saints lie within. (Read more from “Vatican Unveils Stairs That Jesus Walked to Face Pilate’s Judgement for First Time in 300 Years” HERE)

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