Castel Gandolfo’s Main Church

Here are a few photos that I snapped of the main church in the town of Castel Gandolfo, located on the same square as the papal palace there. When the Pope goes to Castel Gandolfo, he usually celebrates at least one Mass in this church. Many popes have contributed to its beautification and upkeep, as several plaques on the walls attest.

It is dedicated to St. Thomas of Villanova – remember that altar of his that I featured recently.

The view of the church from the square. The papal palace is off to the left.

The view of the church from the square. The papal palace is off to the left.

Just behind the church is the beautiful Lake Albano, formed from an ancient volcano crater (the lake had a lot of fog and it was raining over certain portions of it that day, so my photos are not worth sharing).

Beautifully restored baroque high altar. Wish they would get rid of the silly column-capital altar in front of it.

Beautifully restored baroque high altar. Wish they would get rid of the silly column-capital altar in front of it.

Remember always to look up when you go into an Italian church:

If you click on the photo to view the full-size version, you will be able to see the Holy Spirit dove in the very top of the dome's lantern.

If you click on the photo to view the full-size version, you will be able to see the Holy Spirit dove in the very top of the dome’s lantern.

There you have it, the Pontifical Church of St. Thomas of Villanova in Castel Gandolfo, in the Alban Hills south of Rome.

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3 Responses to Castel Gandolfo’s Main Church

  1. Johanna Horton says:

    Beautiful and inspiring pictures, as always. (We’ll sure miss these after you leave Rome!) I was wondering if that’s a Pascal candle in the altar picture.

  2. Johanna Horton says:

    Thanks for the explanation.

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