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Nostra Signora di Valme

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Nostra Signora di Valme is a modern parish church at Via di Vigna Due Torri 82 in the Portuense district, near the Via Bonelli train station. Pictures of the church at Wikimedia Commons. [1]

It was designed by Spina, and completed in 1996 to a spectacular modernist design. The edifice is wedge-shaped on a rectangular plan, with the thin end of the wedge behind the altar. As a result the flat roof slopes steeply from the entrance to the altar. The side walls are clad in red brick, but behind the altar the wall is entirely made up of square panes of glass in white and pale blue-green. The entrance frontage is spectacular. The concrete roof extends outwards to form a canopy, coffered in squares as it is inside, and is supported by two enormous sloping concrete struts. The wall below this is again of glass of the same type, sloping inwards from top to bottom. There is a flat-roofed entrance canopy supported by smaller sloping struts, and this runs the length of the frontage except for the left hand side where it is blocked by an intruding red-brick ancillary building.

The church is named after a shrine to Our Lady at Dos Hermanas in Andalucia, Spain, and an icon of her is over the main altar.

External linksEdit

Official diocesan web-page

Italian Wikipedia page

Parish website

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