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San Gabriele dell’Addolorata

English name: St Gabriel of (Our Lady of) Sorrows
Dedication: Gabriel-of-Our-Lady-of-Sorrows Possenti
Denomination: Roman Catholic
Built: 2009
Contact data
Address: Via Ponzio Cominio 93-95

San Gabriele dell’Addolorata is a modern parish church at Via Ponzio Cominio 93-95, in the Don Bosco district and just north-east of the Lucio Sestio metro station on the Via Tuscolana. Picture of the church on Wikimedia Commons. [1]

The patron saint, St Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows, was a Passionist who died at Isola in the Abruzzi in 1862, being remembered for heroic self-denial in the small things which habitually irritate most people.

The church was designed by Gianni Testa, and completed in 2009. It is a low building with its plan derived from a square with one corner truncated, forming an irregular pentagon. The major axis is on the diagonal, and the entrance is in the truncated corner. The windowless exterior walls either side of the entrance are of travertine limestone ashlar blocks, and the roof is flat. The walls either side of the altar have subsidiary structures attached. The main area of roof has deep stone eaves and is set slightly back from the exterior walls, thus forming a step. In the vertical side of this step is a continuous recessed row of windows under the eaves. At the two outer corners this row of windows is continued vertically to the ground. The entrance is inserted into a bastion formed by three sides of an octagon slightly higher than the lower strip of roof, and the exterior walls either side stop before reaching it. In the vertical gaps thus created are two more strips of windows.

There is a ladder-shaped campanile, made up of two vertical rectangular slabs constructed using ashlar blocks, and four horizontal connecting beams. The high-quality set of bells are hung in the upper two open chambers thus created.

The aerial photos on the external link show the church under construction. Please note that the postal address as given above is new, as the streetscape was altered to make room for the church.

External linksEdit

Official diocesan web-page

Italian Wikipedia page

Aerial photos

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