Vatican To Open The 'Holy Stairs' To The Public For 2 Months

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Vatican To Open The 'Holy Stairs' To The Public For 2 Months
The stairs will be open to the public for the first time in nearly 300 years.
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The Vatican has reopened the "Holy Stairs" to the public for the first time in 300 years. Some Roman Catholics believe Jesus climbed these stairs before being crucified. 

They've been kept in protective wooden casing since 1723, because the pope at that time wanted to protect them being damaged. Visitors would typically go up the stairs on their knees.

 

The set of 28 stairs is said to have been moved from Jerusalem to Rome in the 4th century by the mother of the Roman emperor Constantine.

The exposed marble steps have been restored and will remain open to the public until June, when they will be covered back up.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.