This section of the tour takes the visitor through the arch of triumph - a symbol of the triumph of life over death that takes place at the altar during the Eucharist - onto the altar itself, made in the 19th
century. On an ancient pedestal within the altar sits the
Crown of thorns ,
a creation by Claudio Parmiggiani (2014).
In 2015 the dome above the Holy of Holies - where some relics are kept - was painted by Nicola De Maria with frescos in primary colours symbolic of the joy of the heavenly New Jerusalem
, built on the blood and bones of the martyrs.
The tour, like a pilgrimage, continues in the apse with the vision of the New Jerusalem, where an installation by David Simpson
(1995) accentuates the light coming from the three majestic windows.