Basilica dei Santi Pietro e Paolo, Rome

Basilica dei Santi Pietro e Paolo, Rome

The EUR District in Rome was planned by Mussolini for the 1942 World Fair and the buildings, finished after the Second World War, were either inspired by Ancient Rome or Rationalism art and are mostly built of limestone, marble and tuff. On the highest point of the area is the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. The church was designed by Arnaldo Foschini, Tullio Rossi and Alfredo Energici. Work started in 1939, but the church was finished in 1954. The main building is cube-shaped and its 72 metre-high dome is the third largest in the city.

To reach the church you will have to climb a long flight of shallow steps, which have gardens on each side. The building was originally planned as a mausoleum for Mussolini, who wanted to be buried overlooking what he intended to be a monument to Fascism; but it was dedicated instead to the Saints Peter and Paul in 1956. Outside the church are two fine statues of Peter and Paul by Dominenico and Francesco Ponzi Nagni. Inside the church you will find reliefs depicting the lives of the two saints. On the altar is a huge statue of Christ, sculpted by Attilo Silva. There is also an excellent mosaic of the Madonna and Child by Bruno Saetti.

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Basilica dei Santi Pietro e Paolo on Map

Sight Name: Basilica dei Santi Pietro e Paolo
Sight Location: Rome, Italy
Sight Type: Religious
Guide(s) containing this sight: Sightseeing Walking Tour in EUR  

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