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  Santa Maria degli Angeli all'Aeroporto di Fiumicino is a later 20th century parish church at Via dell’Aeroporto di Fiumicino 321, which is south-west of the train station at Fiumicino Airport on the roundabout (gyratory) junction with the Viale Fratelli Wright. The church is on the north-west quadrant of this.

The dedication is to the Blessed Virgin Mary, under her title of Queen of Angels.

The terminal chapel at the airport apparently now has the same dedication, although it was dedicated to Our Lady of Loreto when it was opened.

Status Edit

The is neither in the Diocese of Rome nor within the city limits, but in the diocese of Porto Santa Rufina and (with the airport as a whole) in the independent municipality of Fiumicino.

However, it is included here as it serves Rome’s principal airport and can be visited if one's flight is delayed. (You might have to ask how to get there from the terminals.)

History Edit

The church exists not for travellers, but for those working at the airport. The edifice looks late 20th century (Eighties?), but there seems to be very little information available about it.

The terminal chapel was founded in 1982, and re-fitted in 2000. For the Jubilee of Mercy 2016, it was provided with a Holy Door.

Exterior of church Edit

Layout and fabric Edit

The church has a square plan, with the major axis on a diagonal. The altar end has the corner rounded off, and the entrance façade occupies the near left hand side. The near right hand side is abutted by a wing of the ancillary facilities off to the right.

The walls are red brick, infilling a reinforced concrete frame. The far side walls each begin with a wide fenestration as tall as the building, and then comes a length of blank brick wall. A narrower window follows, and finally the sanctuary wall which wraps around the curved far corner. This has rows of rectangular white panels in the brickwork.

The roof is flat, but most of it is taken up by a low, irregularly shaped saucer dome. This dome fits into the back curved corner, and has a gentler curve at each side in its plan. The front has a more pronounced curve. The plan approximates to a combination of a teardrop and a square with rounded corners. The covering is in blackish composition.

Façade Edit

The near left hand wall forms the façade. A thin concrete pilaster divides it into two zones, and the right hand zone is again divided into two horizontal halves. The left hand zone is entirely in white, except for a large, thin black cross. The lower half of the right hand zone is the entrance portal, with the actual doors recessed. The upper half is occupied by a relief sculpture of Our Lady being venerated by six angels (three on each side of her).

Chapel Edit

Location Edit

The chapel is near desk ADR in Terminal 3. The terminals of the airport also have two multi-faith prayer rooms, but the chapel is a dedicated Roman Catholic place of worship in which the Blessed Sacrament is reserved.

Appearance Edit

The chapel's frontage after its 2000 re-fit is striking. A pair of glass doors is flanked by two slightly inwardly diagonal wall surfaces in grey composition, each bearing a rectangular stained glass panel in yellow and white. The design is the same for both (except laterally inverted), and features a stylized comet. On the lintel is a Latin text from Mt 11:28: Venite ad me, omnes qui laboratis et onerati estis, et ego reficiam vos. ("Come to me, all who work and are burdened, and I will refresh you").

The interior is a windowless room of no architectural interest. Artistically, the tabernacle and the statue of Our Lady are of interest.

The tabernacle, on the far wall to the left, is in bronze. The door is square, and from it one each side protrude three triangular of unequal length which give the effect of a twinkling star. The holder of the sanctuary lamp matches it.

The statue of Our Lady has its own little recess in the far right hand corner. It is a copy of the statue of Our Lady of Loreto to be found in the Holy House there, and is by Livio Conta.

Liturgy Edit

According to the Diocese of Porto Santa Rufina, Mass is celebrated in the church on Sundays and Solemnities at 9:00 and 11:00.

The writer found the church closed on a Sunday visit at the latter time in 2014, with no sign of life except a colony of feral cats. Are the Masses being celebrated in the chapel?

External links Edit

(The church's online profile is basically zero.)

Diocese of Rome web-page

Gallery of chapel on Wikimapia

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