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Evangelical Lutheran Church

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Via Sicilia, 70
www.chiesaluterana.it
The church is open for visits only on Sunday 10:00-11:00, but is always visible from the outside. A stop in front of its interesting façade is indeed an opportunity to get to know this religious community.

The Lutheran doctrine was officially born in 1517, when the German theologian Martin Luther published his 95 thesis against corruption in the Catholic Church. From this moment on a great religious movement was started that had also a deep political and cultural impact, known as the Protestant Reform, by creating already in the XVI century a profound break in Christianity.

With the annexation of Rome to the Reign of Italy in 1870 it became possible to build also non catholic churches but only in 1922 the first Lutheran Church was consecrated. The project was of the architect Franz Heinrich Schwechten. The façade is imposing but essential and plain at the same time, apart from the statues of Christ, Peter and Paul placed over the access door. The building has three towers; the main one is on the back side of it and has a very strong symbolic value. In fact it hosts the famous bells reproducing the sound of the Palatine Chapel of Wittenberg, where Luther displayed his thesis. The interior is Romanic and divided into three naves and it presents mosaic decorations of geometric type, with the exception of the Christ Pantocrator (almighty) in the apses. The Lutherans of Rome, since they have seat in the capital, consider the Pope as their bishop. Pope John Paul II has visited their community in 1983, Pope Benedict XVI in 2010 and Pope Francis in 2015.

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Via Sicilia, 70, 00187 Roma, Italy

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