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Santissimo Sacramento a Tor de’Schiavi is a modern parish church at Largo Agosta 10 in the suburb of Tor de’ Schiavi, the north-west corner of Centocelle in the Prenestino-Labicano district. Pictures of the church at Wikimedia Commons. [1]

The dedication is to the Blessed Sacrament.

ExteriorEdit

It was designed by Francesco Fornari in a modernist interpretation of the neo-Romanesque style, and as completed in 1968.

It is a tall rectangular aisleless edifice with a pitched roof in red tile, two short transepts of a lower elevation forming a Latin cross and a small semi-circular apse. Apart from the entrance façade, the walls are whitish. There is a campanile on a square plan attached the far side of the right-hand transept, which is a plain tower with a bell-cage formed of eight vertical struts supporting a flat roof. The entrance frontage either side of the bronze doors is recessed for the entire length, below an enormous horizontal concrete beam bearing a dedicatory inscription. This beam is supported by two engaged square concrete pillars coloured grey, each with a motif like a vertically attached pyramid where the capital would be. There is an attached papal coat-of-arms above the beam, then a round window containing stained glass. The fabric is in dark grey, with broad stripes in dull red. At the gable there is a slightly protruding concrete canopy following the roofline with short pendant vertical elements at each end. The entrance doors are plated in bronze, chased with depictions in relief of scenes in the Bible.

InteriorEdit

The interior is in white, apart from a dado in grey marble running along the walls at floor level. The apse is cut off from the rest of the church by a clear glass screen, and contains a fresco by Bartolomeo Florea (a Romanian archimandrite) in a modernized Byzantine style. The three major panels depict the Trinity after Rubliev, the Crucifixion and the Last Supper. A 1906 work by Antonio Cisterna, Christ Adored by Angels, is in the left hand transept.

External linksEdit

Official diocesan web-page

Italian Wikipedia page

Parish website

Info.roma web-page

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