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Basilica de Sant'Andrea della Valle, Rome

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Sant'Andrea della Valle is a basilica church in the rione of Sant'Eustachio of the city of Rome, Italy. The basilica is the general seat for the religious order of the Theatines. It is located on Piazza Vidoni at the intersection of Corso Vittorio Emanuele (facing facade) and Corso Rinascimento.OverviewA church was initially planned when Donna Costanza Piccolomini d'Aragona, duchess of Amalfi and descendant of the family of Pope Pius II, bequeathed her palace and the adjacent church of San Sebastiano in central Rome to the Theatine order for construction of a new church. Since Amalfi's patron was Saint Andrew, the church was planned in his honor. Work initially started around 1590 under the designs of Giacomo della Porta and Pier Paolo Olivieri, and under the patronage of Cardinal Gesualdo. With the previous patron's death, direction of the church passed to Cardinal Alessandro Peretti di Montalto, nephew of Pope Sixtus V. Work restarted by 1608, financed by what was then an enormous endowment of over 150,000 gold scudi, and with a more grandiose plan designed mainly by Carlo Maderno. The interior of the church was completed by 1650, with some changes added by Francesco Grimaldi.
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  • After about twelve or so reviews of churches now, you run out of things to say because they are all works of art, worth taking some time to admire from the inside. I try to focus on things that make e...  more »
  • Nicely decorated the reflection of sunlight inside is amazing, the dome is wonderful there is a huge church organ as well  more »
  • As someone who works in opera, this church was on my list because it's the setting for Act One of Tosca. It's a glorious building which I found much more appealing than St Peter's; we were welcomed an...  more »
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  • Walking Rome with my daughter on vacation in 2015 and visited this beautiful church. Late in the day but got to meet the presiding Priest. We asked if we could place a wallet size photo of my special needs youngest daughter in the glass enclosed case of the Infant of Prague. He was so kind and allowed us to slip the photo in the case. I hope to return one day and see it still lying at the bottom of his feet. If anyone reads this and can take a picture of the statue and post it, I would so ever grateful. I pray the photo is still there. Her picture was lying backwards by his right foot. The beauty of the church like many in Rome is breathtaking.
  • Breathtaking interior! I'm lucky to have visited it while walking around streets of Rome while on a short tour.
  • I didn't expect such scenary, but it was really breathtakingly beautiful
  • Great beautiful church. Go in and look up in the attic and turn on the light with a coin.
  • Lovely and cool - peaceful place to rest between tourist stops.