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Santa Maria Madre dell’Ospitalità is a modern parish church at Via del Torraccio 252 in the suburb of Villa Verde, south of the Via Casilina in the Torrenova district.

The dedication is to the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title of "Our Lady, Mother of Hospitality".

It was designed by Coppola and Ischiboni, and completed in 2009 to a circular plan. The roof is flat, with a tall parapet. The entrance façade is spectacular, involving two enormous pillars with vertical inner faces but the others slanting inwards, and towering higher than the church roof. In between these is a large window with a cross motif, sheltered by an outwardly slanted canopy with an angled fascia in black. The underside of this has a rectilinear design in red and yellow. Three smaller pillar-buttresses of the same design support the exterior walls to each side of the entrance. There is a large segmental skylight over the altar, tilted towards the entrance.

The church contains a modern ceramic icon in relief of Our Lady, Mother of Hospitality by Angelo Biancini. This is a recent devotion, approved by Pope Paul VI. Notable too is the crucifix behind the altar, dagger-shaped and built up of stacked wooden baulks and planks with the corpus painted over them, on a mosaic background in speckled azure blue.

Exterior linksEdit

Official diocesan web-page

Italian Wikipedia page

Some photos of interior

Info.roma web-page

Blog with photos (scroll down)

Two architects' drawings

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