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Cappella di Villa Nazareth is a later 20th century college chapel at Via Domenico Tardini 33-35 in the Primavalle quarter.

History Edit

The Collegio universitario Fondazione Comunità Domenico Tardini in Villa Nazareth, to give it its full title, derives from the Villa Nazareth founded in 1946 by Cardinal Domenico Tardini. This was originally a residence for orphaned and refugee boys, displaced by the Second World War. It took over what was then a country villa in a striking neo-Baroque design, erected in the early 20th century.

Obviously, as time passed the young victims of war grew up, and so at the beginning of the Sixties the institution morphed itself into a university college on the English "Oxbridge" model. Here, this meant that the men (there were no women) attended the various universities at Rome while living under one roof as a unified society. In response, the Fondazione Sacra Famiglia di Nazareth was set up to administer it, under the authority of the Holy See.

In 1968, legal problems arose over the property and the college became homeless. The members had to lodge in various places until the matter was resolved in 1983. This seems to have been when the chapel was built on part of what was left of the villa garden. In 1992, the college finally became co-educational as the first women were admitted. Also, students of universities outside Rome were admitted.

Appearance Edit

The chapel is tucked away to the right of the main villa building, viewing from the road (from which it is concealed by trees and a boundary wall).

It is hexagonal, slightly stretched on the major axis, and has a pitched and tiled roof in six sectors.

External links Edit

College's website

Info.roma web-page

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