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Santa Maria Madre della Divina Grazia

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Santa Maria Madre della Divina Grazia is a modern parish church at Largo Domus de Maria 7, in the district of Ponte Galeria. The address is a piazza on the Via Portuense

This church is in the municipality of Rome, but belongs to the diocese of Porto Santa Rufina. It replaced the Chiesuola Serlupi.

It was built in the late 20th century in the old settlement of Ponte Galeria on the Tiber river east of Fiumicino airport, as part of a sports and social centre. The church and its ancillary facilities are under one enormous low pitched and tiled roof, with the ridge over to the right and with a lantern over the altar having its own little pitched roof and a window throwing light on the altar. The entrance, with a horizontal concrete floating canopy, is under the gable and between it and the roofline are vertical double rows of very small windows. The rest of the façade is blank, and all of it is painted in a pale peppermint green.

There is a spectacular detached campanile to the right. There is an enclosed first storey, and from this four concrete pilasters rise for another three open storeys separated by landing floors (the way up is by steel ladders exposed to view). Above these is the complicated geometric form of the bellchamber; four separate pilasters attached to the insides of the main ones rise and are connected at the top as two pairs by struts forming two sides of a triangle. Two other floating pilasters connected at the top in the same way are inserted vertically at right angles.

External linkEdit

Official diocesan web-page

Info.roma web-page

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