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Santa Maria Assunta Church

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Alvar Aalto
location Riola
function church, religion
contributed by marco_zanini

In line with the new dictates of the Church, which halfway through the 1950s felt the need to adopt new languages in order to communicate with worshippers, the church at Riola was conceived with the idea of creating a liturgical area inserted in the surroundings which would encourage maximum participation. The river, mountains and the nearby Rocchetta Mattei were indeed precise landmarks for the architect when modelling the building. The presence of the river was especially important in the development of the entire project. The volume of the church has been defined as the flowing of a river, and the light in the building captures and reflects the light as it shines on the water. This was the first time that Alvar Aalto had used materials such as raw stone for the coverings and terra cotta for the floors.


Napoli, Italy 28-Mar-11
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Santa Maria Assunta Church
Piazza A. Aalto 1
Project is public!
Opening hours Can be visited every day from 07.00 - 20.00, except for Saturdays at 17.00 and Sundays at 11.00, when it is closed to tourists for mass
How to get there? By car: SS64. By train: "Riola" railway station, the church is right across the river from the station.
Completion 1978
Architect, Landscape architectAlvar Aalto
Project ID 4876
Latitude/Longitude 44°13'46N 11°03'19E
Contributed by marco_zanini
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