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Sant'Ignazio di Antiochia

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Sant'Ignazio d'Antiochia is modern parish church, with a postal address at Via Squillace 3 in the suburb of Statuario in the Via Claudia district. However, the main entrance is on the Via Appia Nuova and overlooks the Parco Regionale Appia Antica.

The patron saint is Ignatius of Antioch.

ExteriorEdit

It was designed by Tullio Rossi, and completed in 1957 on a rectangular plan with an attached five-sided apse. The exterior walls are in red brick. The plain façade has three entrances, the middle one larger than the other two, and these are sheltered by a floating horizontal concrete canopy stretching the width of the façade. On its fascia is a dedicatory inscription in tile mosaic. Above the canopy is a row of three arched windows, and above this is a white marble statue of the risen Christ as Redeemer. On the apex of the gable is a very odd white rectangular structure like a balcony with four struts.

There is a campanile attached to the left hand side of the façade, a massive blank rectangular brick tower with two arched sound-holes side by side at the top for the bells.

InteriorEdit

The church contains notable modern works of sacred art, including an apse mosaic by Gilda Nagni and Franco d'Urso depicting Our Lady with St Ignatius, and a bronze crucifix over the high altar by Francesco Nagni. The modern stained glass, depicting various saints, is also significant. This is by Laura Reins Giuliani.

Liturgy Edit

The parish now has one dependent chapel used for public Masses:

Sant'Elisabetta delle Bigie

The former chapel of San Giuseppe a Dragona, at Via Ippolito Desideri 94, has been closed down. It was a room in an apartment block.

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