Sanctuary of Santa Gemma, Lucca

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The Santuario di Santa Gemma is a Roman Catholic church-sanctuary devoted to the local saint and mystic Gemma Galgani located on Via di Tiglio outside the medieval walls of Lucca, region of Tuscany, Italy.

Gemma Galgani 19th and 20th-century Italian mystic and Catholic saint

Maria Gemma Umberta Galgani was an Italian mystic, venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church since 1940. She has been called the "Daughter of the Passion" because of her profound imitation of the Passion of Christ. She is especially venerated in the Congregation of the Passion (Passionists).

Lucca Comune in Tuscany, Italy

Lucca is a city and comune in Tuscany, Central Italy, on the Serchio, in a fertile plain near the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is the capital of the Province of Lucca. It is famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls.

Tuscany Region of Italy

Tuscany is a region in central Italy with an area of about 23,000 square kilometres and a population of about 3.8 million inhabitants (2013). The regional capital is Florence (Firenze).

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History

The church and monastery dates from 1935. The convent hosts nuns of the community of Passionist nuns. Gemma Galgani lived at this monastery and is buried here after her death in 1903. Design of the new convent was entrusted to Italo Baccelli. The dome and bell-tower suggest a reduced size version of the Cathedral of Berlin. The work was not completed till 1965 by the architect Adriano Marabini.<ref> Sanctuary of Saint Gemma Monastery

Passionists Roman Catholic religious group

The Passionists, formally known as the Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ, are a Catholic religious congregation founded by Saint Paul of the Cross with a special emphasis on and devotion to the Passion of Jesus Christ. Professed members use the initials C.P. after their names. A known symbol of the congregation is the labeled emblem of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, surmounted by a cross and is often sewn into the clothing attire of its congregants. The present superior general is Father Joachim Rego C.P.

The relics of the saint are below the main altar in an urn sculpted by Francesco Nagni. The church's altarpiece depicts Christ creates stigmata on Gemma Galgani while she is held by the Angel of Passion by Primo Conti. To the left of the altar is a marble sculptural group depicting the Passion of Christ by Tommaso Gismondi. The same sculptor completed the bronze reliefs of the Passion of Mary.

Primo Conti was an Italian futurist artist.

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