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Nostra Signora di Czestochowa

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Nostra Signora di Czestochowa is a modern parish church at Via Augosto Corelli 9, in the suburb of La Rustica which is in the district of Tor Sapienza and where the Circonvallazione Orientale crosses the Strada dei Parchi.

It was designed by Alberto Tonelli, and opened in 1971. The uncompromisingly modernist edifice occupies a prominent site on a divergent road junction, and has five horizontal zones. The entrance is recessed, and the frontage is supported on two thin concrete pillars set back from the façade so as to create an internal loggia. The ground floor wall containing the entrance is of glass. Above this on the frontage comes a large blank rectangular wall of pink brick, bearing a stylized cross sculpture. Then there is a narrow projecting cornice of the same brick, then a narrow row of windows, then the thick concrete roof parapet which projects even further. There is a cross woven out of wire in the centre of this, so as to make clear that this is a church and not some military installation. The church has exactly the same appearance all the way around.

The main altar is very unusual, as it is made of stainless steel. A side chapel has a copy of the famous miracle-working icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Poland.

External linksEdit

Official diocesan web-page

Italian Wikipedia page

Parish website

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