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San Raffaele Arcangelo is a modern parish church at Via di San Raffaele 28 in the suburb of Trullo in the Portuense district.

The parish is administered by the “Priestly Fraternity of the Sons of the Cross” (Fraternità Sacerdotale dei Figli della Croce). The dedication is to Raphael the Archangel.

The church was designed by Tullio Rossi , and completed to a neo-Romanesque design in 1957. The plan faithfully reproduces a classic Roman basilica, with a nave and aisles, a segmental apse and an entrance narthex. The latter is approached by a wide flight of steps, and is formed of five open arches with one on each side. Their square pillars are rendered in white, and the rest is in red. These five arches are echoed by an arcade on the entrance wall of the church, where the outlines of the arches are in red and the rest in white. The rest of the church is in pink brick. The façade above the narthex has a round-headed window in a recessed brick frame, and on either side are two long vertical recesses in white with a small statue at the bottom of each. There is a coat of arms in a square setting at gable level. The campanile, with a single arched bell opening on each side, is at the far end of the left hand aisle.

The aisle columns are in red marble with thin slab capitals, but the interior is otherwise plain with cream-coloured walls.

External linksEdit

Official diocesan web-page

Parish website

Info.roma web-page

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