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    • Close up shot of the Scala Sancta 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
      The Scala Sancta, according to the Tradition, were brought back from the Holy Land by Helena, the mother of Constantine. Historically, the probabilities of her being able to identify the staircase of Pilate's house are ...
    • Mausoleo di Sant 'Elena 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
      Mausoleum of Saint Helena, mother of Constantine.
    • Mausoleo di Sant 'Elena 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
      In Rome, martyria soon followed the domical shape of the heroa. Here we have the ruins of the mausoleum of Saint Helena in which a church has been built.
    • Sarcophagus for Helena Mother of Constantine 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
      This porphyry sarcophagus was probably originally intended for the emperor Constantine (4th century).
    • St. Helena embracing the True Cross 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
    • Statue of Sant 'Elena 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 19)
      Helena deserved sainthood as the mother of the emperor Constantine whose Christian faith undoubtedly influenced her son. She is also traditionally regarded as finding the remnants of the true cross.