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Sant'Atanasio, Rome

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The Church of Saint Athanasius, also known as Sant'Atanasio dei Greci, is a Roman Catholic titular church in Rome, built for use of a Greek College for the formation of Catholic clergy in the Eastern Rite, upon the formation of the Congregation of the Greeks by Pope Gregory XIII. In 1872 the church was entrusted to the Congregation for the Oriental Churches. On the 22 February 1962 Pope John XXIII granted it a titular church as a seat for Cardinals. At present the Titulus San Athanasii is held by Lucian Cardinal Mureșan.ArchitectureThe main layout was designed by Giacomo della Porta. The facade is placed between two towers covered with domes, which is divided into two horizontal bands by a marble ledge. Either side of a large window is written an inscription, one in Greek and the other in Latin in honor of Saint Athanasius. On the left stands a tower clock, donated by Pope Clement XIV in 1771, which faces the palace of the Pontifical Greek College.List of Cardinal Priests Gabriel Acacius Coussa (22 March 1962 - 29 July 1962) Josyf Ivanovyce Slipyj (25 February 1965 - 7 September 1984) Lucian Mureșan (18 February 2012 - )
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  • This church was constructed on orders of Pope Gregory XIII, starting in 1580 and completed in 1583 and Pope Gregory XIII celebrated first mass in accordance with the Greek rite. The façade has on the ...  more »
  • I wanted to visit this Church donated to the Greek Orthodox Community by Pope Gregory XIII. Made by Giacomo Della Porta around 1580. Unfortunately it was closed !
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  • Great Friday of Catholics and with a few hours free time, where else to pray an orthodox? We met her by going from the Piazza del Popolo to the Piazza di Spagna in our right hand. Church not very large but with beautiful and simple decoration. Building of 1583 and façade of the end of the 18th century. Beautiful frescoes and portable icons, and in the center the most beautiful epitaph that I saw this year. More chanters than usual in the Greek churches created a devout atmosphere. I assumed they were shaped like "tied up" for quite some time, and with numerous rehearsals, because they were all starting and finishing together with an admirable admirer. Few in number are the churchmen and unfortunately the majority of the elderly. However, they participated with warmth and discipline in the operation. At the end of the operation, one of the priests, gracious, gave me time and informed me of the history of the temple.
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  • Enjoy the architecture and construction materials detailing. And think about differences between architectural styles
  • Beautiful Catholic church of the Byzantine rite and at the same time a very important historical monument. Unfortunately it is usually closed...
  • The Byzantine Rite in Greek is celebrated here, but this is a Catholic church so Orthodox believers should not receive Communion. The church is open for Vespers (esperinos in Greek) at 19:00 on Saturdays, and on the day before some major feast days. The Liturgia (which is what Mass is called in the Byzantine rite) takes place here at 10:30 on Sundays and on some major feast days. The Byzantine-rite Eucharist takes a long time to celebrate properly, and you should find the church open on Sundays until lunchtime. Unlike when Mass is said in Latin rite churches, there is no offence taken if you wander about and venerate the icons during the celebration -as long as you don't talk or take photos. The church will not normally be open at weekdays, except on special feasts. For details of these, see the notice in the church entrance. The liturgy is occasionally celebrated here in Albanian.
  • Very nice little church. Worth a quick visit.
  • I enjoyed attending the ceremony. The church is very beautiful.
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