Basilica dei Santi Pietro e Paolo

Basilica dei Santi Pietro e Paolo

Basilica dei Santi Pietro e Paolo
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Neighbourhood: EUR
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  • EUR Palasport • 9 min walk
  • EUR Magliana • 10 min walk
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dapper777
Monaco63,822 contributions
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Jan 2024 • Friends
We returned, having studied a little before visiting it and having more information on this important and famous church.
The Basilica, located on the southern outskirts of the city, stands at the highest point of the EUR district (Universal Exhibition of Rome).
The project (1938) was by the architect Arnaldo Foschini, but the works, interrupted several times due to the second world war, resumed in 1953 and were completed only in 1955. The Basilica is accessed via a large ramp, which connects the churchyard to the Viale Europa below, at the end of which there are two monumental statues, in travertine, depicting, on the left, St. Pteter (1957) by Domenico Ponzi, and, on the right, St. Paul (1943) by Francesco Nagni.
The church's piazza is flanked by an identical pair of long arcaded pavilions.
It was conceived as a visual landmark and religious emblem of the EUR district.
The Greek cross plan, very unusual in Roman churches, has four pylon niches contains vertical,rectangular coffering on its wall surfaces: six coffers high, two wide at the sides and four wide at the back. The last surround a large square sculptural relief panel. The coffers contain reliefs of Eucharistic symbols by Francesco Coccia.
The hemispherical dome, in reinforced concrete, rests on a circular drum opened by eight oculi and is covered in hexagonal slate tiles. On the cusp of the lantern, at the top of the dome, there is a bronze sculpture depicting an angel (mid-20th century) by Carmelo Abate.
The bare interior, which stands out for the balance of the spaces, is dominated by the dome decorated with motifs of crosses and panels in stucco relief, and on the drum with marble reliefs of the Evangelists: St. Matthew and St. John ( mid-20th century), by Enrico Castelli;
St. Mark and St. Luke (1940) by Francesco Coccia.
In the presbytery, on the main altar, there is a crucified Jesus (1942), in bronze by Giuseppe Graziosi: the sculpture is one of the artist's last works, which was cast by his wife after his death.
On the back wall, there is Jesus Christ on the throne (1966), in marble, by Attilio Selva: the work is inserted in a mosaic, created by his son Sergio, which depicts the Martyrdom and glory of Saint Peter and Saint Paul.
on the sides.
On both sides there are two ambos (mid-20th century), in bronze by Duilio Cambellotti with high reliefs depicting:on the left, "Stories of the preaching of Saint Peter"; on the right, "Stories of the preaching of Saint Paul".
In the two side arms of the church there are two chapels.
On the left, in the chapel dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, there is a mosaic with the Madonna with Child among angels (mid 20th century), by Bruno Saetti and a statue of the Immaculate Conception (1958), in carved wood by Ferdinad Stuflesser.
On the right, in the chapel dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi, there is a mosaic with St. Francis of Assisi and Franciscan saints (mid-20th century) by Janos Hajnal.
On the right side of the nave there is an interesting room: the baptistery, decorated with mosaics and marble, created by Sergio Selva, in which you can see, on the baptismal font, a sculptural group with the Baptism of Jesus Christ (1940), in bronze, by Andrea Spadini.
In addition to the monumental setting, ithe basilica is characterized, in fact, also by the harmonious composition and purity of the volumes and fits perfectly into the context of the district designed for the 1942 Universal Exhibition of Rome, which never took place due to the outbreak of the Second World War world.
Higly recommended.
Written 21 January 2024
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dapper777
Monaco63,822 contributions
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Apr 2022 • Friends
If you are wandering around the Eur district, try not to miss a visit to the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.
It is undoubtedly one of the best known churches among those of "modern Rome", characterized by the large dome that stands out against the EUR sky.
Dedicated to the Patron Saints of Rome Peter and Paul, it reflects the monumental setting that characterizes the whole neighborhood.
Arranged on a hill in the highest area of the EUR, it stands out in the distance and, together with the Palazzo della Civilta' Italiana, is one of the most recognizable buildings of the entire EUR (Esposizione Universale Roma) quarter.It is at the west end of the Viale Europa, the last two city blocks of which form a monumental approach reserved for pedestrians.
The building, designed by the architect Arnaldo Foschini in 1938, has a Greek cross shape (unusual for the churches of the time, all with a Latin cross) and is characterized by a reinforced concrete structure surmounted by a dome of considerable size, with a diameter of 31 meters.
The initial project provided for the dome to be colored in golden yellow but designers and builders, forced by some difficulties encountered during the works, in the end opted for a covering it by gray slate elements that better suited the rest of the building. Inside, the chapel's colorful paintings, the oculus windows and the colored marble floor contrast with the white walls.
Only on 29 June 1955 was it officially opened for worship.
The two colossal statues of St. Peter and St. Paul placed in the square facing the building since the early months of 1942, are two of the elements that most represent the basilica.
Today, although the entire neighborhood has undergone changes and additions consisting of residential buildings and modern offices, the Basilica still dominates the sky of the EUR district.
Written 11 April 2022
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GAN L
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia10,663 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Couples
The basilica is located on a ridge overlooking the Tiber valley and sloping down to the main area of the EUR on the other side. The surrounding is spectacular and is improved by planted trees. In the interior , we saw the mosaic of Christ in glory over the main altar. The left hand side Chapel is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception and contains a mosaic of the Madonna and Child venerated by angels, while the right hand one is dedicated to St Francis of Assisi and contains a mosaic of him and other Franciscan saints.
Written 26 February 2020
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Carpense
Carpi, Italy3,488 contributions
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Feb 2024 • Friends
In the characteristic and monumental EUR district of Rome stands this imposing temple, in the shape of a Greek cross and surmounted by a grandiose dome, which echoes the same dome of St. Peter's. Construction erected in the last century, with eclectic and modernizing lines, not totally free from a rhetoric of "littoria" derivation. Suggestive interior, with mosaic decorations of ancient origin and a revised expression of an ancient "genius loci". It is definitely worth a quick visit.
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Written 3 March 2024
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