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Santa Maria del Rosario di Pompei alla Magliana

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Santa Maria del Rosario di Pompei alla Magliana is a 20th century subsidiary parish church at Piazza della Madonna di Pompei 4, on the Via Portuense in the suburb of Magliana and near the Magliana train station.

The dedication is to the Blessed Virgin Mary, under her special title of Our Lady of Pompeii. This refers to a famous Marian shrine near the ruined city of Pompeii.


The parish was founded in 1915, and the church was erected in the same year. It functioned as a parish church until replaced by Santa Maria del Rosario ai Martiri Portuensi in 2007. The church was then passed on to the Missionary Sisters of St Charles Borromeo (Suore Missionarie di San Carlo Borromeo Scalabriniane per I Migranti), but these have given it up very recently. So, at present the church has little justification.



It is a small rectangular building with a pitched and tiled roof and exterior walls in square-cut travertine blocks. It is on a corner site, and is unusual in having two entrance façades. The original one is along one side, and features six brick Doric pilasters supporting an entablature below the roofline, with the entablature over the central four pilasters brought slightly forward. There used to be a large triangular pediment over this section, but that has been removed. A pair of round-headed windows are inserted near the outer corners, and the entrance has a triangular pediment.

The present entrance façade, at the end, was completed in the mid 20th century. The design of the side façade is imitated, except that there are four pilasters supporting a triangular pediment. The cornice of the latter is broken by the insertion of a rectangular window, which looks incongrouous but the window was there first.

External linksEdit

Official diocesan web-page

Italian Wikipedia page

Info.roma web-page



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