Церковь Санта Мария Регина дельи Апостоли алла Монтаньола
Church of Santa Maria Regina degli Apostoli alla Montagnola, or Virgin the Queen of the Apostles at Montagnola
Modern church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
It's one of the largest churches in Rome, and Pope John Paul II (1979-) has elevated it to the rank of Minor Basilica.
It's a parochial church, served by priests of the Society of St Paul.
75 Via Antonino Pio
06 59 60 27 16
Plans to build the church were laid earlier, by Don Giacomo Alberione, the founder of the Society of St Paul.
Construction should have started in 1943, but because of the Allied bombing of the Roman suburbs, it was delayed until after the end of the war.
Construction of this church was started in 1945, and it was consecrated in November 1954.
The architect behind it was Leo Favini, who worked with the engineer Giuseppe Forneris.
The architectural inspiration was the Roman Baroque style, made with modern techniques and a modern flavour.
It is constructed with a Greek cross plan, with a dome at the centre.
There is a private church for the Congregation.
It is possible to get permission to visit it.
The mosaic altarpiece at the high altar depicts the Coronation of the Virgin.
The overall theme in the decorations, both mosaics, frescoes and sculpture, is scenes from the life of the Blessed Virgin.