Santa Maria dell’Oriente is a 20th century dependent chapel of the parish of Santa Maria della Fiducia, and is located at Via Ollastra Simaxis in the north of the suburb of Finocchio. This is in the Borghesiana suburban district.

Name Edit

The dedication is to the Blessed Virgin Mary, under her title of "Our Lady of the East" (the eastern boundary of the city is close). The locality has two names: Colle del Sole or Tavernelle, and the Diocese refers to the chapel on its website as Cappella Località Tavernelle. However Tavernelle is, strictly speaking, a very small old hamlet on the Via Prenestina which is now dominated by a garage.

History Edit

The neighbourhood arose from illegally sub-divided farmland which became an unplanned suburb in the Sixties. There was a lot of this sort of thing in the locality at the time. In response, the parish of Santa Maria della Fiducia opened several chapels-of-ease of which this is one.

Appearance Edit

The building amounts to a small church, on the plan of a long rectangle of three bays. The fabric is in what looks like cream-coloured concrete blocks, with a shallowly pitched and tiled roof. The side walls have a rectangular window in each of the first two bays, but a small tower campanile adjoins the third bay to the left and a sacristy wing does so to its right.

The roof, which has overhanging eaves, is extended in a cat-slide to cover the sacristy.

The campanile is a concrete frame of three storeys, infilled with grey concrete blocks. The third storey is the bell-chamber, which has a round-headed opening in each face with each opening (a nice touch) having an archivolt of a single layer of red bricks.

The façade is a structural add-on. The church frontage has three doorways, opening from an external loggia. This is created from a row of four thin square concrete piers supporting a horizontal transverse beam, which itself supports a deep frieze and a large gable panel forming a false pediment. The gable panel and loggia framework are coloured to match the walls, but the frieze is in white with a row of well separated little diaper squares. The thin relief edges of the frieze and pediment are in red. The tympanum of the gable contains a hexagonal window, which is actually right at the tip of the roof behind.

Liturgy Edit

Mass is celebrated (parish website, June 2018):

Thursdays at 17:00, and Sundays at 10:00.

External links Edit

Info.roma web-page

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