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Santa Maria del Soccorso e San Filippo Neri a Castelporziano

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Santa Maria del Soccorso e San Filippo Neri a Castelporziano is an early 16th (?) parish church listed as being at Via Pontina 690, which is the address of the Tenuta Presidenziale di Castelporziano, a large forest and nature reserve on the coast south of the city.

The actual settlement is some distance to the south-west of this address, in the middle of a forest, and both parish and the district of Castel Porziano are wholly rural.

The joint dedication is to the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and St Philip Neri.

History Edit

The site is thought to be ancient, and the name to derive from the gens Procilia which was active in Republican times. This depends on an old reference to the fundus Procilianus -however, there is the possibility that a scribe was guessing at the meaning of a vernacular name when rendering it into Latin.

According to the Diocese, the original church was "probably built in the 15th century by the Cistercian abbey of SS Thomas and Sabas". This seems to be a reference to the monastery of San Saba, which was briefly Cistercian after 1503. In 1561 the ownership devolved to the Apostolic Camera, which

The Grazioli family acquired the castle and church in the 18th century, and sold the complex to the Italian Crown in the late 19th century. The property passed to the President of Italy after the abolition of the monarchy, hence the title of “Presidential Residence”.

Description Edit

The little church is part of the range of buildings on the south side of the west court of the residence, on a plan that is a transverse rectangle with a pedimented façade. There is a tiny external apse, in the outer wall of the residence. There is a campanile on the right hand side, a plain square stone tower with arched soundholes and a pyramidal cap.

The double dedication is to the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title of Our Lady of Perpetual Succor, and St Philip Neri.

External links Edit

Official diocesan web-page

Info.roma web-page

"Presidenza della Repubblica" web-page

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