San Giuseppe del Sanatorio Bernardino Ramazzini is an earlier 20th century Fascist-era former hospital chapel at Via della Batteria di Porta Furba 34 in the Tuscolano quarter. The locality is called Quadraro.

The chapel is in a military zone, within a guarded perimeter at the end of the street.

The dedication is to St Joseph.

History Edit

The site was originally taken up by the Batteria di Porta Furba, a small gun-fort, built between 1883 and 1888 as part of an Italian government programme to surround the city with modern fortifications. Advances in gun firepower left this obsolete by the First World War.

In 1927 the site was cleared for a tuberculosis sanatorium, the Sanatorio Bernardino Ramazzini, named after the pioneering doctor of medicine Bernardino Ramazzini. The architect was Florestano Di Fausto.

The sanatorium became obsolete in its turn, and was shut down at the end of the 20th century. The complex is now a barracks of the Guardia di Finanza -"Retla dei Reparti Speciali".

There is absolutely no public access.

Appearance Edit

The chapel is a stand-alone building, and does not abut any other structures. It is in brick rendered white, and is on a simple rectangular plan. There are five bays, and a sixth back bay which seems to hold sacristies since there is a back door on the major axis at the rear.

The side walls are fairly low, and each bay except the last has a large round-headed window in each side. The roof is pitched and tiled, at a low angle.

Both the frontage and the back wall have false gables, raised above the level of the roof. The back one is simple, but the front one has its central portion raised a little further. This is over a large but shallow simple round-headed recess, which is over an open porch with its own gabled and tiled roof. This is flanked by a pair of small round-headed windows, rather low down.

The false gable façade wall is taken around the corner, and brought down to the level of the side guttering by three steps.

A campanile stands over the far end of the left hand side wall. It is a thick slab, pierced by one large round-headed aperture topped by two small ones. This structure has its own overhanging gabled and tiled cap, the ridge-line longitudinal.

External links Edit

(Information on this chapel is hard to come by, unsurprisingly.)

Info.roma web-page

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