Imagine Luther, the weary yet wide-eyed young pilgrim, trekking for weeks… and finally cresting this hill and seeing Rome. Passing through the gates of the city, he dropped to his knees and said, "Hail, holy city of Rome!" While today’s basilica was built shortly after Luther’s visit, stepping into the grand church, Luther would have had an experience much like pilgrims do now. In Rome, Luther came face to face with this worldly corruption at its worst. Like any devout pilgrim, Luther immersed himself in the holy sights of Rome and visited a long list of relics.