St Peter's Italian Catholic Church

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136 Clerkenwell Road, London, United Kingdom
St Peter's Italian Catholic Church - ST PETERS ITALIAN CHURCH
St Peter's Italian Catholic Church - ST PETERS ITALIAN CHURCH
St Peter's Italian Catholic Church - ST PETERS ITALIAN CHURCH WW1 memorial
St Peter's Italian Catholic Church - ST PETERS ITALIAN CHURCH Arandora Star monument
St Peter's Italian Catholic Church - ST PETERS ITALIAN CHURCH

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AdamR3723 AdamR3723
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An Italan surprise Sep 30, 2017
St Peters Italian Church on Clerkenwell Road is just west of Farringdon Road.

This church is in the heart of what was once known as ‘Little Italy’ because of its Italian community, which was began growing rapidly at the beginning of the 19th century. St Peters, designed by the Irish Sir John Miller-Bryson, was consecrated in 1863. The congregation had its origins in the 18th century when Roman Catholicism was outlawed in England. Then, Catholic services were held clandestinely in the chapel of the Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sardinia (see: “La Chiesa italiana di San Pietro a Londra”, by LM Stanca, publ. 2001), which was in what is now Sardinia Street close to Lincoln’s Inn Fields.

The narrow façade belies the church’s large interior. In the porch, there is a monument Italians who died during WW1. With an inscription by Gabriele d’Annunzio (1863-1938), the monument gives the war’s dates as 1915-1918, 1915 being the year when Italy joined the forces allied against Germany. The monument, which bears the symbol of Mussolini’s fascists is dated both as 1927 and as ‘Anno VI’, that being the 6th year since Mussolini assumed power. Above the war memorial, there is a monument to the victims of the ‘SS Arandora Star’, which was sunk in 1940 while carrying Italian internees and POWs to Canada.

Entering the spacious body of the church is like stepping out of London and into a typical late baroque church in Italy. The central aisle is flanked with polished marble pillars topped with Ionic capitals. Apart from various monuments including a list of those lost on the Arandora Star, there are plenty of painings, the oldest of which ‘l’Orbetto’ painted by Alessandro Turchi (1578-1649). When not being used, this church becomes an oasis of peace in the heart of busy London.
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HORSCHECK says:
Another great review of yours. Well done.
Posted on: Oct 08, 2017
Toonsarah says:
Very interesting and detailed review Adam :-)
Posted on: Sep 30, 2017
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