Tuesday, February 18, 2014

CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE AND St. PHILIP ON VIA AURELIA

CHIESA DI NOSTRA SIGNORA DI GUADALUPE E S. FILIPPO IN VIA AURELIA
1955/58 Gianni Mazzocca
It was built with the help of the offerings of Mexican faithful
Mexican National Church
The first stone of the church was taken from the Tepeyac Hill in Mexico City, where the Virgin Mary appeared to the Native American Juan Diego in 1531
"It shows all the contradictions typical of religious architecture in this period of transition. Structural innovations and formal uncertainties are present here in equal measure, (...) a stylistic ambiguity result of the attempt to reconcile tradition and modernity. (...) It is original the surface treatment of the fa├žade with travertine lozenges alternately arranged either in simple rows or diagonally. (...) Inside the yellowish light diffused from the alabaster windows dilutes the mixing of classical elements and the use of reinforced concrete" (Massimo Alemanno)

Huge mosaic with "Our Lady of Guadalupe" anointed and crowned in 1962 by Pope John XXIII Roncalli (1958/63) together with the Latin American bishops in Rome at the time for the Second Vatican Council

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