Basilica dei Santi Pietro e Paolo, Rome

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  • The construction of the modern eur district began in 1937, on the occasion of the holding of the great Roman Universal Exhibition (hence the acronym) planned for 1942. The event was supposed to be a kind of showcase where the economic and social achievements of the regime would be solemnly exposed. The ambitious project, blocked by the outbreak of the Second World War, involved the construction of a series of large buildings, all inspired by the rationalist style in vogue in those years. At the end of the war, some buildings were completed by the new administration: the Palace of the Civilization of Labour (the so-called "Square Colosseum") the Museum of Roman Civilization, the Exhibition Palace; others were never realized. The first group also includes the great Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, whose work began in 1939 on the design of a group of architects, including the Romans Arnaldo Foschini and Tullio Rossi. During the war, the shipyard suffered some damage due to Allied bombing. Near, there was also a bloody firefight between Italian soldiers and German paratroopers who were occupying the capital in September 1943. The work resumed in 1953 (in accordance with the original design) and the church was consecrated in 1966; the following year it was elevated to the rank of Basilica Minor. The imposing-looking building, accentuated by the hill below (one of the highest points in the area) has the shape of a cube of 32 meters to the side, overlaid by a hemispherical dome of equal diameter. On the four facades protrude as many advancees a little lower than the central structure. A long ramp of low steps, on top of which are the two large statues of eponymous saints, connects the church to the base of the hill in the direction of Avenue Europe. Both outside and inside the church, due to the modernity of the building, is devoid of artistic works of great value; except perhaps a bas-relief inspired by the conversion of St. Paul on an external facade and a mosaic inside, depicting a Madonna with Child. In my opinion, the rationalist style (undoubtedly monumental, but often cold and spooky) should be applied with some caution to buildings of worship. In this case the walls, both external and internal, appear too smooth and square, barely softened by pale strips of reddish brick. The front door, although inserted into a large rectangular archway, is uncomfortably small compared to the huge size of the structure. The dome, excessively rigid in its exact roundness, is completely devoid of grace. The whole building, more than a place of worship, reminds me of a sci-fi movie scene. The Basilica of Saints St. Peter and Paul at the EUR, however, peremptorily marks the taste of an era: questionable as much as you want, but still worthy of interest.
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  • EUR zone ..... pass us by.... impossible not to notice... in the midst of the many wonders of Rome could go into the background... but I assure you that's not the case!
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  • Beautiful and imposing, in the area of the Eur, overlooks the neighborhood from above, as you can not noticeit!!!!
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  • Beautifull place but there is no light .. so the streets around the church are dark.
  • It was closed, but amazing building from outside, the history from Wikipedia is really interesting.
  • Worth visiting. Interesting arquitecture, part of a beautiful project.
  • This is actually a jedi temple!!? Only visited this place as we were visiting Ludosport Roma haha. Very pretty on the outside, nice and homey on the inside:)
  • Incredible. A must visit if you are in Rome
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