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Santa Maria della Provvidenza

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Santa Maria della Provvidenza is a dependent church of the parish of San Giuseppe Cottolengo, at Via degli Embrici 32 in the Valle Aurelia to the north-west of Vatican City. This is in the Aurelio quarter.


This obscure and isolated little early 20th century building used to be the central place of worship for the parish when it was set up in 1962, and until its the new church was built in 1979.

It still functions as a dependent parish church.


It is a single-naved building, on a rectangular plan with the sanctuary end included in an ancillary block at the far end.

The church is proportionately high for its width, giving it a look of some dignity for its size. The exterior is in a neo-Baroque style, and is rendered in orange-pink with architectural details in white. 

The façade has four Doric pilasters supporting an entablature and triangular pediment. The outer pair of pilasters occupy the corners, and are doubled round the corner. The side walls have the entablature continued beneath the roofline, and this is supported in each wall by another two pilasters framing a large rectangular window.

The single entrance door has a raised floating horizontal cornice, and above this is a large square window which almost touches the entablature above.

The campanile is a pierced brickwork slab over the far right hand side wall. It has round-headed openings for five bells, a little gable on top and two side pitches lower down.


The Via degli Embrici is hardly better than an alleyway, with room for one car if you don't open the doors. It ends in a scruffy brownfield area with the church on the right.

Buses 495 and 496 terminate on the Via di Valle Aurelia just to the south of the junction, and run from Valle Aurelia metro station.


Mass is celebrated on Saturday (for Sunday) at 17:00, and on Sunday at 9:30.

From 15 June to 14 September the Saturday Mass is at 17:30.

External linksEdit

Official diocesan web-page

Info.roma web-page

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