Parocchia Santi Pietro e Paolo, Rome

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Santi Pietro e Paolo a Via Ostiense is one of the titular churches in Rome, to which Cardinal-Priests are appointed. It is a modern parish and titular church at Piazzale dei Santi Pietro e Paolo 8 in EUR (Esposizione Universale Roma). It is at the west end of the Viale Europa, the last two blocks of which is a monumental approach reserved for pedestrians and paved with polychrome marble. There are colossal statues of the apostles Peter and Paul near the church.
The title was established on 5 February 1965 by Pope Paul VI. The original scheme was part of the 1936 Fascist scheme for hosting the World Exhibition in 1942, which never took place because of World War II but which left a legacy of monumental buildings in a rather megalomaniac layout. The church was planned for a high point at the west end of the site, and was entrusted to a committee of architects: Arnaldo Foschini, Alfredo Energici, Vittorio Grassi, Nello Ena, Tullio Rossi and Costantino Vetriani. They chose a plan based on a Greek cross, in deliberate emulation of the original plan for the new St Peter’s by Michelangelo. Construction began in 1939, but was delayed by the war and by a lack of enthusiasm on the part of the Diocese to be involved. It was only completed in 1955, and became a parish church in 1958. Apparently, the original function of this building was to be the mausoleum of Mussolini.
The parish is administered by the Franciscan Conventuals. The cardinalate title is Santi Pietro e Paolo in Via Ostiense, and the present titular is Ricardo Jamin Vidal.
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  • The basilica is lovely ... beautiful stairways. Pity that having changed the main priest now commissioning is much heavier than before
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  • Access is on foot with the long flight of steps at the end of viale Europa or by car along the street of the same name. Parking available all around the Church. Modern (dates back to the post-war period) and visible from a distance.
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  • This parish is located at the top of a flight of steps from Viale Europa. The Church having regard to its position is visible even from a distance with its "modern"
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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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