Basilica del Cuore Immacolato di Maria, Rome

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Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, is a titular church in Piazza Euclide, Rome. It was built by the architect Armando Brasini . Its construction began in 1923 with the design of a Greek cross inscribed in a circle with an articulated facade, and completed before 1936, the year in which it was made a parish church and granted to the Congregation of Missionary Sons of the Sacred Immaculate Heart of Mary, usually known as the Claretian Missionaries. A grand dome was planned, but never realized; a smaller drum was completed in 1951.
In the baptistery there are modern paintings by the Armenian Gregorio Sciltian .
Pope John XXIII elevated it to the rank of Minor Basilica in May 1959, and Pope Paul VI made it a titular church in February 1965, with Ángel Herrera Oria as the first titular. The present titular priest is Julius Riyadi Darmaatmadja S.J., appointed in 1994.
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  • Basilica of the Holy immaculate heart of Mary was built by architect Brazini from 1923 to 1951 with the money of the Italian community of Canada. It is built in the form of a Greek cross with a comple...  more »
  • Huge and ungainly temple that all recalls save such a delicate thing as the sacred heart of Mary
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  • The basilica in piazza euclide is a classically styled building definable but little, built at the beginning of the century, for my personal taste is in a context that is not his.
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  • Great Church of the Immaculate Bert of Mary, the fifth biggest Church in Rome. Beautiful and welcoming.
  • Average church in a quiet and cozy neighborhood.
  • Church where there is silence n piece, and very easy to arrive from the main station Rome
  • Not impressive
  • Mass is celebrated: Weekdays 7:00, 8:00, 11:00, 18:30; Sundays and Solemnities 8:30, 10:30, 12:00, 18:30, 20:00. This large but badly-proportioned church, with its generous floorspace but mean elevation, witnesses to the sad history of its construction. The project to build a spectacular church in the neo-Classical style with a soaring dome was begun in 1923 to a design by Armando Brasini. It would have been a worthy rival in grandeur of "Gran Madre di Dio", just north-west across the river. Brasini planned a truly enormous central dome, inspired by that of the Pantheon. This would have been 52 metres across and 97 metres high, covering a huge circular nave with a total of fourteen chapels and side altars. Money was promised from Canada, but the Great Depression put a stop to that and the project limped along until hope faded after the Second World War. The dome was finally abandoned, and the result finally consecrated in 1959. It's an impressive building, but miserably incomplete.
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