La chiesa della Beata Vergine di Loreto a Guidonia tra razionalismo e tradizione
In: Quaderni dell'Istituto di Storia dell'Architettura: n.s. 2019, 2020
The church of the Blessed Virgin of Loreto in Guidonia, between rationalism and tradition
The intricate building process of the church of Beata Vergine of Loreto in Guidonia not only caused a delay in construction compared to the other buildings of the city of foundation, but deeply affected the design which underwent a series of changes before the final solution. The church, since the earliest planimetric hypotheses for the city, is placed on a hill because it was designed by its architect, Giorgio Calza Bini, as a «National Air Force ‘Memorial’». While adopting a rationalist language, the church, as well as the other public buildings and the urban plan of Guidonia, draws its deep origin from tradition. The model is that of the historic city that grows around the sacred building, accentuating its value as a religious symbol in a counterpoint with the secular pole, represented by the town square.