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Immacolata Concezione d'Ivrea is later 20th century private chapel located at Via di Val Cannuta 200 in the Aurelio suburban district. Pictures of the church on Wikimedia Commons are here and here.

The dedication is to the Blessed Virgin Mary, under her attribute of the Immaculate Conception.

History Edit

The Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception of Ivrea (Suore della Carità dell'Immacolata Concezione d'Ivrea) was founded at Pinerolo near Turin in 1828, and took over the convent of Sante Rufina e Seconda in Trastevere in 1917. Back then, the locality was a poor working-class one which was appropriate for the ministrations of the sisters -it is very different now.

A large new convent on a suburban site was began as the congregation's headquarters in 1960, and a chapel added in 1973. It is an important work by the modernist architect Silvio Galizia.

The project was overly optimistic, although the sudden drop in vocations after the Second Vatican Council was perhaps impossible to predict. At present (2016) the Generalate remains at Sante Rufina e Seconda, and the Aurelio convent is a residential care home for elderly sisters. It is also the noviciate, according to the Diocese.

There seems to be some doubt as to the future of this convent.

Appearance Edit

The plan is almost indescribable, being based vaguely on a logarithmic spiral or nautilus with a central tower and an outer wall with sections inwardly curved. The copper-sheathed roof is in sectors spiralling round the tower, which has a circular bubble skylight.

The building material is shuttered concrete, inside and out.

Unfortunately the chapel stands well away from the street, behind a wall. A glimpse of it can be had through a gate.

A look at Google Earth for the address is recommended.

External links Edit

Official diocesan web-page

Info.roma web-page

Congregations's website

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