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Nostra Signora del Suffragio e San Agostino di Canterbury

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Nostra Signora del Suffragio e Sant’Agostino di Canterbury is a modern parish church at Via Walter Tobagi 133, at the north extremity of the suburb of Torre Maura which is in the district of Torre Spacata.

It has two patrons, Our Lady of Suffrage and St Augustine of Canterbury.

HistoryEdit

There used to be two parishes occupying temporary accommodation in Torre Maura north of the Via Casilina. Until the new church was built in 1998, Nostra Signora del Suffragio was at Via di Tordi 12/A, and Sant’Agostino di Canterbury was at the Via Walter Tobagi site. It was finally decided that the suburb could not support two parishes, so the latter parish was suppressed because it was smaller. Paradoxically, its temporary church was then replaced with the new church, having the combined dedication, because the site was more suitable for redevelopment.

ExteriorEdit

The new church is a striking post-modernist design, featuring squat vertical cylinders and cuboids in juxtaposition. The plan is square, and is formed out of nine design units. Five cuboids form a Greek cross, and four cylinders occupy the inner corners of this cross. The four outer cuboids have their outer halves raised in height, and the one over the altar has its lower, inner roof as a skylight. The other roofs are flat, and the walls are blank and white. There is a bellcote over the entrance, a cage of metal rods forming a cross.

External linksEdit

Official diocesan web-page

Aerial photo

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