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The Seven Station Churches of Rome


The Seven Station Churches of Rome is a pilgrimage tradition, credited to Saint Philip Neri, back in the 16th Century: On Wednesday of Holy Week, Philip and his companions would set out to visit the four major basilicas of Rome, as well as the three significant minor basilicas. His followers would pray along the way, stop for a picnic lunch, and pray at each of the seven churches.

Covering about 12 miles, it is still a goal for many who are visiting Rome.  This famous route is also followed by those visiting the San Lorenzo Center for young people visiting Rome.

Missing from earlier lists is the Basilica of Saint Sebastian Outside the Walls. Originally one of the seven, it was replaced by the Sanctuary of Divine Love in 2000 by Pope John Paul II.

Click here for a great book by George Weigel and Elizabeth Lev:  “Roman Pilgrimage, the Station Churches”

Note:  there is a tradition of Lenten Station Churches, which are different from the churches listed here.


The Seven Station Churches are as follows:

Saint Peter’s Basilica

Saint Mary Major

Saint Paul’s Outside the Walls

Saint John Lateran

Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem

Sanctuary of Divine Love

Saint Lawrence Outside the Walls

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