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Stairs were invented for floor-to-floor navigation and accessibility. However, there is an internal straight stairs in Rome, Italy famed for its history and importance in Catholic faith. Known as the Scala Sancta or Holy Stairs, the steps lead to Sancta Sanctorum (Holy of Holies). It is believed to lead to praetorium of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem, which Jesus Christ stood on during his Passion on his way to trial. Consisting of twenty eight white marble steps, encased by wooden steps, the Scala Sancta is located near San Giovanni in Laterano next to a church which was built on ground brought from Mount Calvary. It attracted Christian pilgrims who honour the Passion of Jesus. Here are some interesting facts regarding this holy relic:
Imitations of the Scala Sancta have been erected in different religious places such as convents of nuns and indulgences attached to them by special concessions. Two churches in Italy namely, Scaro Monte di Varallo in Piedmont and St. Paul’s Church in Campli has an imitation. Other countries such as Germany, France, Slovakia and the United States have erected their own on some of their Catholic churches. The Scala Sancta is an example of how a simple stairs can be a relic. Its significance to the Catholic faith and to its history will last for eons.