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San Martino della Scuola di Fanteria is a later 20th century military church, part of the School of Infantry (Scuola di Fanteria) at Via Stazione di Cesano 423 in the district of Cesano.

The dedication is to St Martin of Tours, a patron of infantry.

History Edit

This church is in the municipality of Rome, but belongs to the diocese of Porto Santa Rufina. However, its administration is in the hands of the Ordinariato militare per l'Italia which provides chaplaincy services for the Italian armed forces and which has its headquarters at Santa Caterina a Magnanapoli in Rome.

The parish church of San Sebastiano a Cesano is close by, but the parochial clergy are not routinely involved here.

The School of Infantry was re-located to its present site in 1945, and later a garage for military vehicles was converted into a church to serve the soldiers and their families stationed here.

Appearance Edit

This is a plain rectangular building, facing the administrative headquarters of the Scuola. The façade is of blank pink brick with a roofline forming an arc of a circle.

Inside, the side windows have good stained glass, and there are mosaics of St George and St Martin over the main altar.

Access Edit

As part of a military institution, there is no public access except by express invitation and this includes attendance at liturgical events.

External links Edit

Italian WIkipedia page

Info.roma web-page

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