Der Sieben Kirchen Pilgerweg (Sette chiese)

The seven churches pilgrimage route (Sette chiese)

History of the seven churches pilgrimage

Le sette chiese Antoine Lafréry
By Antoine Lafréry (1512 – 1577)[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The tradition of the seven churches pilgrimage – pellegrinaggio delle sette chiese – began with father Filippo Neri from Florence in the year 1551. He organized on holidays walks outside the city walls with church attendance and picnic.

Later it became a 15 miles pilgrimage walk.
The four Papal Basilicas are among the seven churches:

St. Peter, St. Paul outside the walls, St. John and Santa Maria Maggiore (great St. Mary’s Church).

The other three churches are San Sebastiano (St. Sebastian) with the catacombs on the via Appia Antica, Santa Croce in Gerusalemme (Holy Cross in Jerusalem) and San Lorenzo (Saint Lawrence) at the monumental graveyard Verano.

 

How to reach the seven churches pilgrimage

All sightseeing tours Hop on hop off stop in the vicinity of St. Peter’s Basilica and the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.

You get to St. Paul outside the walls with the Metro line B.

To San Sebastiano on the Via Appia Antica at the catacombs you can take the busses 118 or 218.

San Giovanni you can reach with the metro line A or with tram line 3.

Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, San Lorenzo and the monumental cemetery Verano you can reach with the tram lines 3 and 19.

 

Route of the seven churches pilgrimage

The seven churches pilgrimage has the following order:

From the city center to Saint Peter.

seven churches pilgrimage St. Peter
St. Peter’s Basilica

From Saint Peter to Saint Paul outside the walls. Bus line 23.

St. Paul outside the walls 2nd station of the seven churches pilgrimage
St. Paul outside the walls

From Saint Paul walking over the via delle Sette Chiese (street of the seven churches) to San Sebastiano at the catacombs.

St. Sebastian third station of the seven churches pilgrimage
Basilica of Saint Sebastian

From San Sebastiano to the Pontifical Basilica of San Giovanni. Bus number 218.

San Giovanni 4th station of the seven churches pilgrimage
Front Basilica of the Saint John

from there continue walking to the nearby Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme

Santa Croce in Gerusalemme 5th station of the seven churches pilgrimage
Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme

and then take the tram line 3 to San Lorenzo outside the city walls.

From there, it goes back to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. Until San Giovanni take the tram number 3 and from there walking or by bus over the Via Merulana.

Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore last station of the seven churches pilgrimage
Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore

Pope John Paul II has still extended the way by establishing the sanctuary of the Madonna del Divino amore (Madonna of divine love) instead of St. Sebastian. This did not prevail, since the pilgrims way would have been extended by around 15 miles.

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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