Rome - Chiesa del Sacro Cuore del Suffragio
The Chiesa del Sacro Cuore del Suffragio (Italian for Church of the Sacred Heart of the Suffrage), is a catholic place of worship in the centre of Rome rising in the rione Prati, hosting the Parish with the same name, entrusted to the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart.
The church, designed by engineer Giuseppe Gualandi, is sometimes referred as the "little Duomo di Milano" due to its rich neogothic style.
In 1893, the Missionary of the Sacred Heart Victor Jouët, born in Marseille, founded in Rome the Associazione del Sacro Cuore del Suffragio delle Anime del Purgatorio (Italian for Association of the Sacred Heart of the Suffrage of the Purgatory Souls), having the aim to spread the worship to the Sacred Heart and to the Virgin Mary. The former oratory of the Association rose in Via dei Cosmati; a second one, used between 1896 and 1914, was located on the Lungotevere Prati, into a ground that the founder had bought in order to build a bigger church, whose foundation stone was blessed in 1894 by Joseph-Jean-Louis Robert, Bishop of Marseille.
The construction of the new church began in 1908 and the design was committed to engineer Giuseppe Gualandi, who chose a style inspired by French Gothic architecture. In 1914, the Association moved to the church of St. Joseph Calasanz in Via Cavallini, since the old chapel was partially demolished in order to allow the completion of the new church; the building, completed in 1917, was blessed and opened to worship on November 1 of the same year. The parish was founded on December 10. On May 17, 1921, the church was consecrated by Pietro Benedetti, Archbishop of Tyre, its first vicar.
The façade with salients, entirely made with reinforced concrete, underlines the internal subdivision into three naves thanks to six quadrangular piers, each surmounted by a spire. In the lower part are three portals whose embrasure is decorated by little columns made of red Verona marble; each portal is surmounted by a wimperg and decorated with a marble lunette hosting a bas-relief: the central lunette portrays the Souls of Purgatory, the one on the right the Deposition of Christ and the one on the left the Resurrection of Christ; the wimperg above the central portal shows a high-relief portraying the Sacred Heart of Jesus between two Angels. In correspondence to each of the side naves there is a high triphora, while the central nave corresponds to a big esaphora including a rose window showing a richly decorated trestle. The façade ends aloft with a thin octagonal bell tower: it is surmounted by a cross that host an earth-shaped ex-voto, donated by Victor Jouët.
The decorations of the façade, formerly made with artificial stone, has been replaced, starting from 1960, by statues made with St. Gotthard stone, though identical to the original ones. They include gothic-inspired architectural features and nineteen statues of saints, personally chosen by Pope Pius X; they are positioned within recesses above the slopes of the central nave (from left: St. Augustine, St. Peter Apostle, St. Joseph, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, St. John Evangelist, St. Paul Apostle and St. Odo of Cluny), of the nave on the right (from left: St. Victor, St. Francis of Assisi and St. Nicholas of Tolentino), of the nave on the left (from left: St. Francis Xavier, St. Dominic of Guzmán and St. Michael Archangel) and close to the six pillars, placed on shelves (from left: St. Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Gregory the Great, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, St. Catherine of Genoa, St. Anthony of Padua and St. Patrick.
Museo delle anime del Purgatorio
Next to the church, within the sacristy, is the Museo delle anime del Purgatorio (Museum of the Souls of Purgatory), whose entry is a door in the sixth span of the nave on the right.
On July 2, 1897 a miraculous occurrence happened in the Chapel of the Association of the Sacred Heart of the Suffrage of the Purgatory Souls, when, during a fire, the soul of a deceaded appeared to the attendance and his effigy was impressed on the wall; hereafter Victor Jouët decided to search for testimonies (documents and looms) about the appearances of the souls of Purgatory and to collect them in a museum close to the church.
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jurek1951 (42196) 2014-04-16 11:22
great view, the composition is very spectacular, beautiful architectural details and the POV is superb,
Noel_Byrne (30471) 2014-04-16 11:37
Il livello di dettaglio su questa chiesa è incredibile, le statue nelle nicchie essendo particolarmente bella con il livello di dettaglio catturato. Non riesco a credere come pulito e luminoso questo edificio è nel centro di una grande città, il suo modo sorprendente vedere che l'inquinamento è stato tenuto a bada, o pulire via per ripristinare la gloria qui. L'edificio sembra incastonato tra gli altri danno una sensazione molto al centro della città. ben fatto, un bel posto da condividere.
dta (77091) 2014-04-16 12:43
Ciao Romano ,
Magnifique façade blanche aux superbes décorations . j'aime aussi le contraste avec le mur ocre à gauche et le beau ciel d'orage .
Giustiniani (3632) 2014-04-16 13:46
un beau ciel comme toile de fond et une belle lumière sur cette superbe architecture. Une mise en valeur de cette belle église très réussie.
COSTANTINO (64146) 2014-04-16 13:57
Hello dear friend
what could I say for this amazing construction
with interesting architectural and historical
details no more comments
one shot is one thousand words
have a nice new day
ChrisJ (112285) 2014-04-16 14:21
The rust orange red facade of the building at left contrasts well against the blue sky ant the ornate decorations on the cathedral are amazing. Good sharpness & smart choice of a vertical frame to emphasise the height. Tfs!
Royaldevon (37927) 2014-04-16 14:36
Ciao Caro Romano,
This church, sandwiched between two other buildings, is remarkably beautiful. It displays a fine architectural style and is covered with exquisite sculptural decorations, which have been photographed with excellent sharpness. In fact, the details are so clear, I have to ask, 'did you use a tripod?'
My warm regards,
carlo62 (46383) 2014-04-16 16:02
bella questa facciata, ricordo di averla vista in un film, ma non ricordo quale.
Una sorta di piccolo duomo di Milano a Roma.
Ben 18 statue adornano questa facciata, con tante altre opere, tutte belle e interessanti.
Corry (4508) 2014-04-16 20:39
Belle prise de vue de la façade de cette église avec ses nombreuses sculptures. La lumière permet d'apprécier les détails de son architecture. Netteté de l'image excellente. Bien fait.
Periko (4900) 2014-04-16 21:06
This is a richly detailed facade. Not distorted image, beautiful color, good light.
emka (95113) 2014-04-17 0:00
Ciao Romano, it is something new for me, I didn't know that you have such neo Gothic church in Rome. Superb presentation with so many details. I like this ornate window very much. Excellent composition.
have a beautiful day
sandpiper (6788) 2014-04-17 1:10
a beautiful church with lots of lovely details to look at. Good composition and sharpness
kathryn_weir (2056) 2014-04-17 4:06
A lovely presentation of a beautifully ornate facade. Your close crop is very effective and such a shame that the very plain facade of the adjacent building is so close. Great sharpness of detail
Have a great weekend
jhm (151414) 2014-04-17 4:54
These name of a church was my unknown, notwithstanding a catholic education, and very close with the catholic church fifty year ago!
What a lovely architecture with these wonderful facade and tower
Sharpness and clarity his real pleasant.
Also the a lot decorations makes these picture attractive.
Very well composition, TFS.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-04-17 5:09
an exquisite façade captured exquisitely! The detailing here is just amazing and the beauty of this place outstanding. Glorious image and presentation.
Sergiom (77291) 2014-04-17 5:34
Elle ressemble beaucoup à une église de Florence au niveau de sa façade.Même si elle semble coincée par l'immeuble sur sa gauche. La lumière est exceptionnelle et le ciel gris fait encore plus ressortir sa grande beauté.
Graal (102596) 2014-04-17 5:38
beautiful architecture of church facade. I like the Gothic details. Good shot and presentation here.
Have a nice day.
holmertz (51148) 2014-04-17 7:10
It's a bit surprising to learn that this church was so recently built, but the architect was obviously looking back hundreds of years. It's a magnificent building and the good contrasts and light give the details of the façade a bit of a 3D character. I am not so keen on the museum on the side. I wish the church had been standing a little more on its own.
fabianoleite (10748) 2014-04-17 17:03
Wonderful church, wisely framed in the center. Its light colors contrast well with the dark sky. Good work, congratulations!
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-04-18 0:22
Hi Romano - The details of the sculptured stonework is so beautifully captured and I have enjoyed looking at it in the large version of your shot. What a stunning church. Well managed work with plenty to enjoy.
Warm regards and Happy Easter
delpeoples (57278) 2014-04-18 4:56
Wow! Un colpo maestoso di un altro luogo romano che io non abbia mai visto. La resa cromatica é stupenda, hai dettagliato bene la bellezza della chiesa con il contrasto e gestione di luce perfettemente regolati. Nel taglio grande cosi, é squisito.
Un abbraccione, Buon Venerdi e Buona Pasqua
Nicou (139974) 2014-04-18 8:37
Fantastique vue et image quelle architecture et vue sueprbe compo e tiamge quel rendu sur cette façade ces contrastes cet éclairage c'est mervielleux.
Bravo et amitié
rychem (34521) 2014-04-18 8:57
Fantastic, the richness of details on this architecture is simply impressive, excellent photo
abmdsudi (52987) 2014-04-18 10:47
An elegant shot with all the shapes and designs of this elegant towering church, aided by bright colours and clarity which draws the eye in showing lots of character that oozes the charm. I like the composition along with the splash of warm light, and every detail on this picture is well defined and plenty to see. A shot that appeals to the inner eye and expressing your passion through a camera. Fabulous shot, Congrats
Cricri (117853) 2014-04-18 11:27
Intéressante note et présentation de la façade de l'église remplie de sculptures, comme les détails de l'architecture, bonne lumière et présentation
Joyeuse Pâques a vous aussi
Silvio1953 (140736) 2014-04-18 12:05
Ciao Romano, di solito non amo il neogotico, sa di falso, però questa chiesa romana ne è una bella interpretazione, ottima nitidezza e bei dettagli, splendida luce e magnifico cielo, bravo, ciao Silvio
Kamilutka (8105) 2014-04-19 2:44
since we are approaching Easter this picture somehow goes with mood and also is of superb quality. The architecture details have been shown with precision and attention and the whole front of the cathedral stands out lovely against the darker sky. very good colors and the light has been managed masterly.
Thanks for sharing and enjoy your Easter!
amaryllis (36787) 2014-04-19 9:48
Je reconnais cette église que j'ai vu depuis le Tibre en promenade et la cour de cassation n'est pas loin je crois.
J'avais pris cette église en reflet dans le Tibre, tu la trouvera dans ma galerie je pense
L'architecture est sublime, et merci de ta note bien historique et intéressante
Je te souhaite de joyeuses Pâques
elenimavrandoni (0) 2014-04-19 11:36
una nota afascinante e una ripresa davvero magnifica e molto impressionante!! la luce in contraste totale con le ombre é semplicemente favolosa!!
tantissimi auguri a te e la tua famiglia caro amico!!
SWEETFREEDOM (24617) 2014-04-21 0:43
lo stile in effetti assomiglia al Duomo. Un altro interessante angolo di Roma che non conoscevo. ottima nitidezza.
Waylim (25502) 2014-04-24 16:30
Rome provide such wonderful oportunities for many wonderful architectural photo. I was here many years ago with just a small point and shoot camera using film. The quality is not that good and I was not much good in photography back then. I love to go back one day in the future and explore this beautiful city again. This is a very lovely shot of hte beuatiful church with so much details. Love the warm colors and the vertical format works best of this composition.
ourania (44276) 2014-05-07 12:09
un quadro stretto pieno di dettagli e fascino, la tua composizione e' molto accurata e lo spazio che hai lasciato intorno alla chiesa accentua l' impatto dell' architettura e delle storie religiose racconate dale sculture. La tua scelta di presentare la chiesa in un contesto cosi limitato fu audace ma efficacissima, la luce brillante ed la tua ottima gestione di contrasti hanno prodotto una descrizione incantevole. Complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti e buona serata,
- Copyright: Romano Lattanzi (Romano46) (18472)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-04-12
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 700D, Canon EF 28-135mm IS USM, HOYA 67mm HD Circular Polarize
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-04-16 11:01