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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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  • Nix is definitely well worth a visit, if you are ever in environment - and can be seen much
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  • The Church of Sant'Andrea Della Valle is really fantastic. Serena, bright, filled with frescoes and with a bronze copy of Michelangelo's Pieta. For all the time you hear operas of Puccini and other composers, in the voice of Luciano Pavarotti and other performers, creating a harmonious and pleasant atmosphere. I just want to be sat there reflecting. In the central aisle are willing mirrors that allow exceptional insight and privileged of the frescoes and the lateral and central dome. That detail never seen in any other church and makes all the difference. To improve, there are no fees to enter the Church. It is located in the Piazza Vidoni, at the intersection of Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and the Corso Del Rinascimento.  Can be included in the itinerary of visits because it's worth. Is pomto required in Rome.
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  • In the heart of baroque Rome, close to piazza Navona, Campo dei Fiori and largo Argentina. Stands around in a relatively small space so much artwork and so much beauty. Impressive frescoes of Sant'Andrea in cross over the main altar and on the other side the organ. Latin cross nave and baroque structure. The impressive Dome (second only to that of St. Peter). For Roma is definitely not the most important Church but certainly not to be overlooked.
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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.
  • Beautiful church with spectacular frescoes by Domenichino, Mattia Preti and Giovanni Lanfranco amongst others.
  • A hidden gem in Rome - you don't have to spend a single Euro to enter (although the standard rules of modest dress apply). Some of the best art in situ! Don't miss out - it is often on the way to many of the top tourist sites in Rome.
  • Beautiful church, very gold and full of afrescos.
  • The first act of the opera Tosca by Puccini corresponds with Sant'Andrea della Valle (Cappella Tosca / Cappella Attavanti). Real place of real story :) Great pleace for all opera fans!