Sacro Cuore di Gesù in Prati Church Rome

The Sacro Cuore di Gesù in Prati Church in Rome is also called the Sacro Cuore del Suffragio Church. The church has an impressive Gothic façade that is even more striking because it is wedged between modern buildings. Next to the sacristy is a small museum where relics of souls from purgatory are on display.

Sacro Cuore di Gesù in Prati Church Rome


Address: Lungotevere Prati, 12, Rome. District: Rione Prati. Telephone: +39 0668806517. Opening Hours: From 07.30 to 11.00 and from 16.30 to 19.30. Entrance fee: Free of charge. (NB: During the Corona crisis times may vary).


Sacro Cuore di Gesù in Prati Church Rome
The Sacro Cuore di Gesù Church does not quite fit into its surroundings.

The Sacro Cuore in Suffragio delle Anime del Purgatorio Church was built between 1894 and 1917. The architect was Giuseppe Gualandi. The founder was the French priest Victor Jouet.

In 1897, a chapel dedicated to the Virgin of Rosario almost completely burned down. On one of the pillars that were still standing, people thought they could see the face of a man. This was thought to belong to one of the souls in purgatory. Jouet then started to collect similar relics. His collection is displayed in a museum next to the sacristy.


Although the church has a white marble-like colour, it is made entirely of reinforced concrete. The style of the building is neo-Gothic.


The facade is characterised by its many pointed spires. This has earned the church its nickname of “Little Cathedral of Milan”. The central part is much higher than the rest of the church. Both the sides of this central part and the sides of the entire church end in pointed spires. Between thesespires are a number of aediculas with statues of saints.

The octagonal bell tower likewise ends in a spire. Under the spire is a loggia decorated with a cross between four irises.

In front of the entrance gate is a protiro (a protective portico). Its columns are made of red marble from Verona. The relief in the lunette shows the “Holy Souls from Purgatory”. The statue in the tympanum depicts “Our Lord of the Sacred Heart”.

The two smaller gates are also preceded by protiros. The relief above the left gate depicts “The Resurrection of Christ”. Above the right gate, the “Descent from the Cross” can be seen.

There are 19 sculptures sculptures on the façade, which wera all made by Orsoni and personally selected by Pope Pius X.


The interior consists of three naves separated by huge pointed arches. The floor is also made of Veronese marble and has a herringbone pattern.

What to see

The main altar was designed by Gualandi. It is made of marble and gilded bronze. On the altar there is a bronze tabernacle. The altar cloth consists of three parts. The Lord in the middle is flanked by the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph.

Museum od the Souls of Purgatory

Next to the sacristy is a “Museum of the Souls of Purgatory“. After a fire on September 15, 1897, the Virgin of Rosario Chapel was reduced to ashes. On a pillar, an imprint of a man’s head could be seen. It was thought that this imprint was that of a soul from purgatory. There is a photograph of this in the museum.

The French priest Victor Jouet considered the imprint to be a sign from God. He travelled far and wide to find similar relics or documents referring to similar events elsewhere.

His finds can be seen in the museum. There are especially many handprints burnt into garments and wooden panels. Most of these were discovered in Italy and France.

Sacro Cuore di Gesù in Prati Church, Rome

Museum of the Souls of Purgatory Rome

A small but extremely unique museum in Rome is the Museum of the Souls in Purgatory (Museo delle Anime del Purgatorio). It is located in a room next to the neo-Gothic Sacro Cuore del Suffragio Church. The collection consists of objects that show the marks deceased people seeking contact with their next of kin supposedly left on items of cloth or other objects.

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Ponte Pietro Nenni Rome

The Ponte Pietro Nenni is a bridge connecting the Lungotevere Arnaldo da Brescia (Prati) to the Lungotevere Michelangelo (Flaminio) in Rome. It is the only bridge in Rome that is used by the metro system.

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Ponte Matteotti Rome

The Ponte (Giacomo) Matteotti was constructed with the purpose of connecting two of Rome‘s most important and prestigious quarters, the rione Prati and the quartiere Flaminio.

Ponte Matteotti Rome

It consists of three brickwork arches, is almost 140m in length and has a width of 20m.

The Ponte Matteotti was built in 1924 and took 5 years to finish, to be inaugurated on April 21 of that year, as the Ponte del Littorio. The architect was Augusto Antonelli.

The original name referred to an Italian infantry division and has clear fascist overtones. After World War II the bridge was therefore renamed for a Socialist deputy who, in 1924, had been kidnapped and killed by Italian far-right thugs after having openly accused the fascists of corruption during the elections of that year.

Ponte Matteotti Rome

Ponte Regina Margherita Rome

Ponte Regina Margherita is also known as the Ponte Margherita, and connects the Piazza della Libertà to the Lungotevere Arnaldo da Brescia in the Campo Marzio and Prati districts in Rome.

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Ponte Cavour Rome

Ponte Cavour is one of the more central bridges in Rome and connects the Prati neighborhood (Lungotevere dei Mellini) to the rione Campo Marzio (Piazza del Porto di Ripetta).

Ponte Cavour Rome

Construction of the Ponte Cavour has a lot to do with the Unification of Italy and the subsequent choice of Rome as the capital city of the country. Prati became a residential area, which caused the need for a connection between that district and Campo Marzio, the area where most of the public institutions were located.

Ponte Cavour was named in honor of Count Camillo Benso Cavour, politician and one of the most important characters in the realization of Italy’s unification.

The bridge, which is 110m long and has a width of 20m, consists of 5 arches and substituted the so-called Passerella di Ripetta, which had been built in 1878.

Construction was begun in 1896 and took 5 years to complete. The architect was Angelo Vescovali.

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Piazza dei Quiriti Fountain Rome

The fountain in the Piazza dei Quiriti in the Prati district is one of several fountains in Rome that was built in the year 1927, when a number of the districts of the city each got their own fountain. The official name of the fountain is Fountain of the Caryatids. Continue reading “Piazza dei Quiriti Fountain Rome”

Ponte Umberto I Rome

Ponte Umberto I, or Ponte Umberto for short, is a bridge that connects the Piazza di Ponte Umberto I (rione Ponte) to the Piazza dei Tribunali (rione Prati) in Rome.

Ponte Umberto I Rome

The Ponte Umberto I was designed by the architect Angelo Vescovali and named after the then King of Italy Umberto I, who personally inaugurated the bridge, together with his wife Margherita di Savoia.

Construction was begun in 1885 and the inauguration took place in 1887. The Ponte Umberto has a length of 105m and is 20m wide. Its three arches are covered with travertino marble from Subiaco.

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