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You are along the route: 1000 RELIGIONS IN ROME. FROM THE ANCIENT TIMES UNTIL TODAY
Via Nazionale, 16a
Every day except Saturday and Sunday. 9:00-13:00. Free entry.
The Episcopal Church was born in America following the independence of the United States when the oath of allegiance to the Anglican Church became incompatible with the new political situation in the country. Although it has its particular features the Episcopal Church of America is part of the Anglican Communion: the profession of faith and the liturgy are identical. Indeed it is different in the organization; in fact the King is the Head of the Anglican Church, while the Episcopal American Church is totally independent from the state.
The first Episcopal church in Rome was also the first non-Catholic church of the town. It was built between 1873 and 1880 following a project of George Edmund Street and it is dedicated to Saint Paul. It is a unique example in Italy for the Arts and Craft movement that in the second half of the XIX century aimed to reform the arts by re-evaluating craftsmen versus the industrial production. These tendencies went hand in hand with the neo-gothic movement, which is very visible in the building architecture. The façade is characterized by the peculiar alternating of red bricks and white travertine. The interior is divided into three naves and it is illuminated through the coloured windows with stories about Saint Paul. The mosaic on the apse is surprisingly modern: the Fathers of the Church are portrayed as popular character of the XIX century: Saint Andrew looks like Lincoln, Saint James as Garibaldi, Saint Patrick as the famous General Grant of the American Civil War. Today this church hosts events and concerts and becomes the seat of the offices in via Napoli with the refugees centre entitled to Nafuma.