"God wants me to be honoured here," such were the words of St. Anne Yvon Nicolazic July 25, 1624. Using this sanctuary, St. Anne invites us to
discover her message and to be guided by herself and her daughter Mary,
to Christ Jesus.
His name means "holy stairs". This monument was built in 1662 by the Carmelite Fathers. Currently located in the area of the spine, the Scala Sancta was until 1870 the front porch of the Basilica and thus defining the place reserved for prayer.
After his visit, it was long the place of large outdoor celebrations, and the starting point of the procession to the Basilica.
Traditionally, pilgrims climb the stairs on their knees as a sign of penance, praying the Rosary and meditating on the mysteries of the Passion of Our Lord. Even today, this place brings us to repentance and conversion of our hearts.