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Nostra Signora di Lourdes a Tor Marancia

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Nostra Signora di Lourdes a Tor Marancia is a modern parish church at Via Andrea Mantegna 147, in the suburb of Tor Marancia which is south-east of Garbatella in the Ardeatino district.

Picture of the church on Wikimedia Commons. [1]

It was designed by Gino Cancelotti, and completed in 1958. The plan is square, but the tall walls are slightly outwardly curved in a horizontal direction. Each wall is divided into three enormous windowless panels by concrete strips running from top to bottom, and these panels are horizontally striped in red and yellow brick. At the top of each is a triangular window set into the roofline with a projecting canopy, giving a pedimental effect. The main entrance has a curved floating canopy, and above this is a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes attached to the façade. On the roof above is a conical skylight. There is a spectacularly tall detached rectangular campanile, in the same style as the church and with the two broad sides showing a stack of striped brick panels separated by concrete string courses joined to the concrete strips forming the corners. The single broad rectangular bell opening, open both sides, is topped by a triangular cap.

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Official diocesan web-page

Italian Wikipedia page

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