Having seen many beautiful, traditional churches in Italy, the Sanctuary of Merciful Love came as more than a surprise. It stands on a rise looming over the medieval village of Collevalenza in the Todi district of Perugia. Designed by Giulio Lafuente, an architect from Madrid, in 1965 it stands in stark contrast to the local landscape and architecture.
The church is the culmination of the vision of Mother Speranza di Gesù Alhama Valera (Santomera, Spain, September 30, 1893 – Collevalenza, Febuary 8, 1983) who settled in Collevalenza in 1951 along with the Handmaids of Merciful Love, the congregation she founded in 1930.
On July 5, 2013, Pope Frances presided over the reading of the Decree for the recognition of the miracle obtained through the intercession of Mother Speranza, who has been considered Blessed by the Church from that moment on. On May 31 2014 Hope Mother of Jesus was Beatified
Please see the WS for an alternate shot of the exterior and a shot of interior.
Here is a larger version
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snunney (84983) 2014-06-27 6:14
This is indeed a most unusual church with a style all of its own. Frankly, I can't decided whether I like it or not. I definitely like your composition though. It shows the architecture to great effect under an ideal ambient light. Excellent colour contrasts and superb sharpness.
serp2000 (40400) 2014-06-27 6:39
I can't understand is it a specia designer's idea or an optical effect of you lens ;) I like this style of the modern church, perhaps the church could changes inside too. The colors and sharpness are great! I like the WS photos too, excellent report from Umbria.
kabel (1761) 2014-06-27 8:00
Hello, a very fine view looking up at the modernistic church. Super sharp and clear, you present us with an alternative, modern example of a church in Italy. Not what one would think of for Italy. Nice lines and geometric shapes throughout.
williewhistler (14615) 2014-06-27 8:10
it`s difficult to see where the lens distortion ends and the intriguing architecture begins,one things for sure it is very modern and original.
A fascinating series of shots that have all been nicely composed and exposed which along with your comprehensive note make fascinating viewing.
Warm regards Les.
macjake (57074) 2014-06-27 9:57
very cool indeed!
at first I thought this had to be some sort of Library or Museum...but a church in Italy, No way!
nice to see the change in architecture.
I appreciate the WS photos too.
still having a hard time believing this is in Italy.
but i like it alot.
thanks for this unique post.
photographer_sg (4402) 2014-06-27 10:06
This is so different from the churches that I have seen in India and your framing & pov bring out the gorgeous geometry of the architecture in superb fashion. The deep blue sky makes a perfect backdrop.
Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.
Nicou (123350) 2014-06-27 10:15
quel cadrage et effet superbe ce gros tube ces rond avec le toit en vague et cette couleur ocre c'est merveilleux sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
holmertz (41819) 2014-06-27 10:28
I wouldn't have realized this was a church unless you had told us. It could have been just about anything, but it is nevertheless a very interesting and beautiful building. I like the eclectic combination of straight lines and curved sections, seemingly influenced by various styles of architecture and blended into something unique and personal. This POV probably gives us the best idea of its impact on visitors.
Noel_Byrne (24856) 2014-06-27 11:15
A beautiful place, and I am really glad you shared it, a beauty of a place to learn of. I know it doesn't look very much like it, but it does remind of Notre Dame du Haut for some reason. I really like this modern design, and the angle you chose to shoot from has imbued the place with a very powerful personality and a great sense of majesty. Love the light you captured too, perfect for this picture.
thanks as always
photoray (12523) 2014-06-27 11:47
A very attractive modern day architecture with the use of rock materials and sides supporting the large columnar walls, almost like flying buttresses from Renaissance architecture. Overall a fine blend of geometrics and textures.
Thanks for sharing,
emka (80034) 2014-06-27 14:14
Hello Rosemary, You visited many interesting, not known (to me at least) places. I usually do not like modern churches, there are a lot of new churches being built in Poland, in every village or district, and most of them ugly. But I like this one and your presentation is superb. Fabulous saturated colour, spectacular composition.
WArm regrads Malgo
carlo62 (33861) 2014-06-27 14:45
hai fatto un ottimo lavoro, sia fotografico che di ricerca. Un'architettura che si contraddistingue con tutto ciò che rappresenta il paesaggio umbro e italiano in genere. Come dici tu, abbiamo tante chiese, più o meno grandi, di tutti gli stili antichi, ma sono poche quelle che hanno una connotazione moderna.
Bel lavoro e bella presentazione.
jcpix (13688) 2014-06-27 20:49
Not at all what I was expecting to read about when I saw the image in the smaller thumbnail size...this is a church...and not one designed by Gaudi or Gehry? :) This really puts a modern face on traditional Italian architecture, especially when it comes to a church.
The low point of view and wide angle create and even more dramatic effect on the architecture itself. It truly is a beautiful building though, and one which would attract any camera. Sharp, clean and precise. Thanks for providing us with this "new found" attraction. Enjoy the weekend.
Thanks for the football support, I hope you're still dealing well with the mania. :)
rychem (24072) 2014-06-27 21:17
Original modern architecture, I like these forms, this is proof that the churches do not have to be built according to one standard, excellent picture
jjcordier (76860) 2014-06-27 22:30
On ne s'attend pas à voir dans cette région une église à l'architecture si futuriste. Tu la présentes de belle façon dans cette bonne photo.
trevormoffiet (3112) 2014-06-27 23:55
I can understand the surprise,particularly because it overlooks a medieval village. It is not unlike the architectural styles of some concrete and brick buildings built around the mid 60's to early 70's in Australia. The wide angled lens seems to have dramatised the architectural features and created a striking image. Well done.
resat1972 (7362) 2014-06-28 2:21
gorgeous blue color reflection
very nice great work
HimalAnda (9824) 2014-06-28 2:47
The composition and the low point of view create a very dynamic picture. The colors are nice too.
A very good picture, well done!
timecapturer (49286) 2014-06-28 2:56
this looks amazing. It is nice to see modern architecture making as much of an impression as some of the glorious old buildings in the world. Your POV helps to emphasise the impact here as does the immaculate clarity. Beautiful!
Have a good weekend - B.
ChrisJ (99364) 2014-06-28 11:26
Hoping you enjoyed Italy. I think it was my favourite country in Europe so far. The upward pov here is great and the wide-angled view has been well framed & composed. Nice warm cold colour contrasts between the blue sky and red brick church with the futuristic design. Very unusual in Italy! Tfs and have a relaxing Sunday!
chrislo (4155) 2014-06-29 1:20
A superb blue sky, with a fine level of sharpness and an excellent framing on this modern designed church. The wide angle lens and low shooting angle emphasize the imposing and impressive character of the building. The subject fills the frame nicely and the light brings out all the fine detail and textures. Beautifully captured and composed. Have a nice Sunday.
mjw364 (7512) 2014-07-03 6:03
that explains everything... a Spanish architect. That's exactly why I love Barcelona and it's architecture - it's not afraid to challenge the existing forms. A good point of view but I can see that I would have a field day abstracting those shapes. Thanks for sharing this.