A collection of entries from national tenders and direct commissions issued by the office for the Preservation of the Faith and the Building of New Churches in the Bishopric of Rome for the construction of new churches and parishes on the outskirts of Rome.
The period examined runs from 2000, the year of the great Jubilee under John Paul II, and 2013, celebrating the anniversary of Constantine’s edict sanctioning the official birth of Christianity in Rome. Divided into three parts, the works actually built, competition projects and those never realised, the volume documents over sixty ideas that never got beyond the project stage together with completed buildings. Among the latter are works by Marco Petreschi, Richard Meier, Antonio Monestiroli, Alessandro Anselmi, Italo Rota and Francesco Garofalo. A wealth of illustrations comprising blueprints, digital models and photographs investigate the theme of holy ground in depths, taking a close look at the new churches, the contexts they were built in and the liturgical requirements they had to meet.