The Jubilee Church

The Jubilee Church, known also as the Dio Padre Misericordioso Church, is one of the most beautiful and extraordinary church's designs of modern architecture. It was designed by the famous U S architect Richard Meier. Located in Rome, Italy, it has become an important touristic architectonic attraction, despite the fact that Rome is one of the cities in the world with the most extraordinary quantity and quality of churches and architectonic marvels.

This modern looking church was built in 2003 as part of the Vatican celebration of the Jubilee Year in 2000, with the construction of 50 churches all over Rome. It includes a community center and is located in a 1970's apartment blocks suburb, 6 miles to the east of Rome. Architect Meier's design won over the proposals of world famous architects like Tadao Ando, Santiago Calatrava, Peter Eisenman and Frank Ghery.

The church is composed by three sphere-segment concrete walls, that gives it its particular character. From the front, arriving from the street to the building, people can appreciate the curved walls that appear like three massive shells, projecting themselves to the sky above. In the order direction, glass lets the light to fill up the space, creating a peaceful and spiritual atmosphere experience. Meier himself described the importance of light in the design of this church. For him, light is the protagonist that let us understand and live the space, defining what we call sacred. In this way, sun natural light serve as a metaphor of the mystical presence of God.

The building develops itself in a continuous game of light, mass and surface. The white finishing of the concrete, a personal mark of Meier's architecture, helps to amplify the light movement through the space. The architect recognized the positive influence that had on this church design, the Ronchamp Church designed by Le Corbusier. He said that Le Corbusier's church is an excellent example of the importance of light in generating a mystical atmosphere adequate for sacred places.

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