The “Holy Staircase” Church – Campli
Climbing the 28 wooden steps of the Sanctuary of Scala Santa, Roman Catholics can obtain the Plenary Indulgence.
The Sanctuary of Scala Santa (Holy Staircase) in Campli, in the Province of Teramo, is a place of worship for Roman Catholics. It was built between 1772 and 1776 and opened in May 1776.
According to the teachings of the Catholic Church, visitors must pray while climbing the 28 wooden steps (leading to the chapel of Sancta Sanctorum) on their knees in order to obtain the Plenary Indulgence. A Plenary Indulgence is a special indulgence that remits all temporal “punishment” required to cleanse the soul.
This is an imitation of the famous Scala Santa in Rome. The opportunity to obtain a Plenary Indulgence has been granted by an edict issued by Pope Clement XIV in 1772.
The structure of the building is similar to that of the Scala Santa in Rome: from the landing connecting the two staircases, it is possible to see the Sancta Sanctorum with the altar of Cristo Salvator Mundi through a grate.
The walls of the landing are decorated with two frescos illustrating Pope Clement XIV and Saint Helena Empress, mother of Emperor Constantine the Great.
Opening Hours: 8 A.M. – 8 P.M. every day
Plenary Indulgence: last Saturday, Sunday and Monday of September and October. Third Sunday of Easter. Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of Pentecost. From Friday after Ash Wednesday to Good Friday.