Sitting on a hill set between two valleys is the town of Campli a town of great religious significance. It was in Campli in 1772 that Pope Clement XIV declared the town to be the supreme owner of the Holy Stairs. Situated at St Paul’s church, the 28 oak steps make up the Holy Staircase and according to the Pope those who climb the stairs on their knees will be rewarded with forgiveness of their sins. This staircase provides the same privileges as those of the Holy Stairs of the Pretorio in Rome. Six paintings of the Passion of Christ accompany the penitent upwards and the more cheerful paintings of his Resurrection and smiling angels greet one on the way down. At the top of the staircase is a marble altar with paintings of Pope Clement and St Elena, mother of Emperor Constantine.
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