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Just in time for Holy Week, a holy staircase believed to be “stained with Christ’s blood” from the crucifixion is open to Christian pilgrims after 300 years of being closed off.

The 28 steps of Rome’s Scala Santa, or “Holy Stairs,” are believed to be part of Pontius Pilate’s Jerusalem palace where Jesus was tried before being sentenced to crucifixion.

“I already did it when it was wooden steps but it’s much more moving now,” one pilgrim told AFP News. “If you think about the fact that Jesus was here, and where he was held and where he suffered, it’s very emotional.”

According to tradition, the marble stairs were brought to Rome by St. Helena, Emporer Constantine’s mother, around 300 years after Christ’s death and when Christianity was the religion of the Roman Empire.

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