Church of St. Thomas (San Tommaso) at Parione - National Church of Ethiopia

"Church of St. Thomas (San Tommaso) at Parione - National Church of Ethiopia" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Friday 10th June 2011

The Church of St. Thomas at Parione (Chiesa di San Tommaso in Parione) was built in 1139-1149 and belonged to the Company of the writers and copy-makers of the Curia. It was reconstructed according to a design of F.da Volterra in 1582. Another restoration took place in the 19th century. The church has particular importance for Romans because here was ordained St Philip Neri, founder of hospices, religious and cultural activities of his order.

Church of San Tommaso in Parione - National Church of Ethiopia, Via di Parione, Rome
The facade, made of bricks in two orders and articulated in Ionian columns, embodies the entry portal in the lower part amidst two grated windows. In the upper order there is a window with stucco decorations and dominated by a curvilinear tympanum. The interior plan encompasses three naves divided by eight pilasters. On the main altar one finds an anonymous painting dating back to C. XVII and portraying the incumbent saint. To the sides, some frescoes portraying S. Filippo Neri. Not to be missed the painting “Annunciazione” by G. Passeri. San Tommaso in Parione is one of the two national churches of Ethiopia. The church is served by the Cistercian Order. As it is also the national church of Ethiopia, and Mass is celebrated according to both Latin and Alexandrine (Coptic) rite.

Address:
Church of St. Thomas (San Tommaso) at Parione - National Church of Ethiopia
Via di Parione, 33
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Parione (Navona-Campo de' Fiori) (Roma centro)
Church of St. Thomas (San Tommaso) at Parione - National Church of Ethiopia is Shown By "Map H Zone" As "53"
Telephone: 0039 06 6869540, 328-17.32.272 (Cell)

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