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Basilica of Holy Cross in Jerusalem

Basilica of Holy Cross in Jerusalem

Basilica of Holy Cross in Jerusalem:

Founded by St Helena AD 320 on the grounds of her private home, this church houses the relics of the true cross where Jesus Christ was crucified upon. In the Sanctuary of the Cross  there is also a nail from Jesus’s crucifixion, 2 thorns from is crown, pieces of the pillar to which he was tied, the Titulus Crucis which, according to experts is perfectly compatible with the references in the Bible, in particular the Book of John “Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews”. Furthermore she used a large quantity of earth from Calvary to cover the pavement of the chapel.  During the course of the centuries Holy Cross was enriched with other relics including fragments from the grotto in Bethlehem, from the Holy Sepulchre, part of the cross of the Good Thief and the finger of St. Thomas.