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San Giuseppe al Trionfale

English name: St Joseph at the Triumph
Dedication: Joseph
Denomination: Roman Catholic
Built: 1912
Contact data
Address: Via Bernardino Telesio 4/B - 00195 ROMA
Phone: 06-

St Giuseppe al Trionfale is an important modern parish and titular church and minor basilica, at Via Bernardino Telesio 4/B in the Trionfale district, just north of the Vatican. Pictures of the church on Wikimedia Commons. [1]

The parish is administered by the Servi della Carità (Opera Don Guanella). Their founder, St Luigi Guanella, was instrumental in the foundation of the church, with the active assistance of Pope Pius X . The church is a major centre of devotion to St Joseph in Rome. The present titular is Severino Poletto.


This is a large neo-Romanesque building, on the plan of a Latin cross although the left hand transept is incorporated into subsidiary buildings. There is a nave and aisles, and an attached semi-circular apse. The main roof is pitched and tiled, but the aisle roofs are flat. There is a row of arched windows in each upper nave wall above the aisle.

The two-strorey gabled entrance façade is rendered in pale peach, with the architectural details in white. The first storey has six rectangular pilasters in shallow relief, with derivative Composite capitals (the Ionic volutes spring from the imposts). Two pairs flank the main entrance, and the other two are on the outer corners. Apart from those nearest the entrance, these pilasters are tripled (made to look as if the main one is partly hiding another two). They support a full entablature, the frieze of which bears a dedicatory inscription. The main and aisle entrances are of the same design, although the former is bigger. Each has an arch over it in high relief, sheltering a tympanum with a mosaic and springing from a pair of corbels bearing imposts. On top of each arch is a little carved decoration involving volutes. The central mosaic is of St Joseph holding the Christ Child, and the other two are of angels in adoration. Above the aisle entrances are dedictatory inscriptions on rectangular marble tablets with frames surmounted by devices with volutes and acanthus leaves. The flat aisle rooflines are concealed by solid parapets with dwarf pilasters. The second storey has four pilasters of the same style, supporting an entablature with a dentillate projecting cornice and a triangular pediment. In the pediment is the coat-of-arms of Pope Pius X. In the centre of the frontage is a row of three arched stained-glass windows separated by half-round columns with capitals. Between these and the entablature is a row of decorative swags.

The church is noted for its high-quality peal of eight bells. These are in a campanile not attached to the church, but to the far left hand building of the convent which is itself attached to the left hand side of the church. There is a little square tower on the building's flat roof, with an open bell-cage surmounted by a pyramidal cap in copper supporting a little finial.


The interior is richly decorated in a traditional Baroque style. There is much gilding, including of the Composite capitals of the white marble columns of the nave arcade. The flat wooded coffered ceiling is sumptuously carved and gilded with a central octagonal device. The apse is entirely filled with mosaics; behind the altar is depicted the deathbed of St Joseph accompanied by Christ and Our Lady, with the Nativity to one side and the Presentation on the other. The conch is occupied by a very large mosaic of the Apotheosis of St Joseph.

External linksEdit

Official diocesan web-page

Italian Wikipedia page

Parish website

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