Wednesday, October 11, 2006

S Eugenio

Altar of S Eugenio in Rome

This photo of the S Eugenio is part of one of the panoramic images found on the Tour of Rome. There are over 100 images taken from around Rome linked to an interactive map.

My mode of transport in Rome was a cycle. This can be fantastic for getting around the city quickly, but the cobbles can play havoc with your rear. I came across the church of S Eugenio on the way back from the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte. The church is located near to the Via Flamina, which used to be one of the main arteries for travelers visiting Rome, ending at the Piazza del Popolo.

S Eugenio is a modern building, built under the orders of Pope Pius XII, who was christened Eugenio Pacelli, and dedicated to the patron saint of his name. Funds were raised from the gifts the pope had received from the Silver Jubilie of his episcopate (started in 1942), and the altar was consecrated in 1952.

S Eugenio is built in a Baroque style though with some updating. Above the altar is the in an alcove is a statue of the pope, which the face of the altar depicts the removal of Jesus from the cross. The church also contains some reasonable frescoes in some of the side chapels, especially in those dedicated to Sts Peter and Paul and the chapel of Our Lady at Fatima.

A full panoramic image showing the inside or S Eugenio’s is found on the Rome tour by An enlargement of this photo can be found on Flickr.

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