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Santa Maria Immacolata all'Esquilino

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Santa Maria Immacolata all'Esquilino

English name: St Mary Immaculate on the Esquiline
Dedication: Blessed Virgin Mary (Immaculate Conception)
Denomination: Roman Catholic
Built: 1914
Contact data
Address: Via Emanuele Filiberto 129
Santa Maria Immacolata all”Esquilino is at Via Emanuele Filberto 129, on the Esquiline north of the Manzoni metro station. Pictures of the church on Wikimedia Commons. [1]

It was completed in 1914 for the Franciscan Third Order Brothers of Charity, also known as the Fratri Bigi or Grey Friars. These were founded in 1859 by Ludovico of Casoria. Unfortunately, this congregation had to disband in 1973 owing to lack of vocations, and the church is now a subsidiary place of worship in the parish of Santi Marcellino e Pietro al Laterano. Is future must be in doubt.

It is in the neo-Gothic style with a nave and two aisles, rendered in dull apricot with white trim. The façade has a gabled roofline at the nave end, and a pair of towers at the aisle ends. The entrance has a pointed tympanum containing a mosaic of Our Lady and topped with a gable, the whole enclosed by a Gothic arch which also encloses a wheel window. The aisle ends have attenuated two-light Early English windows with blank tondos above. The roofline has a frieze of pendant Gothic arches, and this runs along the side of the building also. The towers are placed on top of this frieze. They each have unglazed three-light Early English windows facing four ways, a smaller version of the roof frieze above forming little gables and then a continuation with a flat top.

The church has a longitudinal frontage on a side street, which matches the façade.

External linksEdit

Official diocesan web-page

Italian Wikipedia page

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