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Similar Scala Sancta, Lateran Palace, Archbasilica of St John Lateran, Lateran, Santa Croce in Gerusalemme
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The Sancta Sanctorum chapel (Italian: Chiesa di San Lorenzo in Palatio ad Sancta Sanctorum) is a chapel entered from the Scala Sancta (holy staircase) of the Lateran Palace, Rome. The artwork of the Sancta Sanctorum in Rome was the basis for the art at Assisi. The chapel is the only building from the old Lateran palace that was not destroyed during its reconstruction.
It was the original private chapel of the papacy before it moved to Avignon, and later to the Vatican palace.
The spelling is sancta, the neuter plural form of the Latin adjective "holy": this is a reference to the multiple relics preserved there ("the most holy things") and to the Holy of Holies in Jerusalem, traditionally called in Latin both sanctum sanctorum (the singular form) or sancta sanctorum.
The chapel contains a wooden reliquary box, which supposedly houses the bones of at least 13 saints (which is where the chapel derives the name "holy of holies", with the reliquary box representing the ark of the covenant in Solomon's temple) and an icon supposedly being painted half by Saint Luke, and half by an Angel.