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Address: Vatican City, Italy

The Porta Santa, or Holy Door, was only opened by the Pope for Holy Year...

The Porta Santa, or Holy Door, was only opened by the Pope for Holy Year celebrations and closed at the end of 2000, and will remain sealed until 2025.

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Seven Pilgrim Churches of Rome

One of the highlights of my spiritual journeys was being able to walk through all the Porta Sanctas in Rome. Every pilgrim has to do this at some point and we were blessed to do... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 February 2017
Reading, United Kingdom
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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

One of the highlights of my spiritual journeys was being able to walk through all the Porta Sanctas in Rome. Every pilgrim has to do this at some point and we were blessed to do this during the Year of Holy Mercy as a family. Security checks are quick and not overtly agressive. Once you have passed it. It is... More 

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Limassol, Cyprus
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

A must see stop on the St Peters Basilica tour. Don't forget when inside the Basilica yo see what the other side of the door looks like all cemented up .

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Lenoir City, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

We are not of the Catholic faith but realized that this was a very special time in current history. We were glad to be a part of this history...to be allowed to walk through the Holy Doors and also to view the impressive doors. This review will not be helpful as the doors have been resealed until another Jubilee Year....(if... More 

Edina, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

We were in Rome following a Med cruise and went through the door as it was open during the Jubilee year. Tough to get a photo as the Vatican guards were not allowing any, but it was an experience.

Thank speedlady1
Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

This is considered a very sacred and holy experience to Catholics who get the chance to walk through the doors during the Jubilee Year. Once the doors have been closed they are sealed with cement and they merely become another piece of artwork in an already artful place. Stop past for a picture as you walk past it anyway.

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Coquitlam, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

Although we are not Catholics, we were very fortunate to discover that this door was opened because it was a special jubilee year. We were very happy to have experienced such an opportunity during our recent visit to St. Peters. A very unique experience.

Thank Della G
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

We felt very grateful to be able to pass through this entrance because of the Jubilee Year. Those that walk through receive a special blessing. I think we were told that no photography was allowed...but in any case, there wouldn't have been time with so many people waiting in line.

Thank Mary H
Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

We were told this door is shut and open only during the jubilee year or when the pope hold it for special reasons. The faithful followers will want to pass to this door during those times to 'wash' away their sins.

Thank Erico2709
West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

What better experience than standing before the Holy Door in the Jubilee Year, being able to walk through such an icon...MUST SEE!

Thank glenuehlein
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Beautiful doors & very artistically made. They are considered very holy for Catholics. Admired the artistic aspects of it, though not a Catholic. Look up the Internet or get a Guide or Guide book,as otherwise the doors will not have any value, unless you are a Catholic.

Thank DilrukshiH

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