Basilica di Sant'Andrea delle Fratte, Rome

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Sant'Andrea delle Fratte is a 17th-century basilica church in Rome, Italy, dedicated to St. Andrew. The Cardinal Priest of the Titulus S. Andreae Apostoli de Hortis is Ennio Antonelli.HistoryThe current church was built over a pre-existing one, erected in 1192, called infra hortes for it was located in a countryside area on the northern edge of the inhabited area of medieval Rome. The church originally belonged to Augustinian nuns. It became the national church of the Scottish people in Rome, until Scotland became Protestant, when in 1585 Pope Sixtus V assigned it to the Minim friars of Saint Francis of Paola. The Scots College, the seminary for young men studying for the priesthood, was located nearby, on the Via del Tritone, until 1604, when it moved to the Via del Quattro Fontane.In 1942 Pope Pius XII elevated the church to the rank of a minor basilica.Fabric of the ChurchIn 1604 the construction of the new church was begun, to the design of Gaspare Guerra. The project, halted eight years later, was revamped in 1653 by Francesco Borromini, who is responsible of the apse, the tambour of the cupola, and the square campanile with four orders. After his death, the construction was continued by Mattia De Rossi. The late Renaissance-style façade, with two orders divided by pilasters, was completed in 1826, thanks to funds provided the Testament of Cardinal Ercole Consalvi.
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  • Site of the beautifully restored altar where the Blessed Mother appeared in 1842 to Alphonse Ratisbonne, a Jewish aristocrat who had been wearing the Miraculous Medal on a dare from a Catholic friend....  more »
  • Sant'Andrea delle Fratte (St. Andrew in the Woods) proves that not all churches had to be as massive as St Peter's Basilica or as iconic as the Florence Duomo to impress. If you are traversing between...  more »
  • The interior of the Basilica of Sant'Andrea reveals absolutely magnificent paintings, vaults and decorations. We came in by chance and were blown away by so much beauty. Spend 30 minutes on it... it's a walk from the Spanish Square.
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  • Beautiful inside and impressive outside. Again lots of security which is reassuring
  • Exquisite ! With one great Christmas tree in front ! Look and pay attention inside ! Great Nativity scenes ! One small town !
  • Very cool ,nice to stop and have a quick break and look at some nice art work !
  • The place is just stunning with art work. The churches ar beautiful with breath taking pictures of art 🎨.
  • Meh. I guess I've been spoiled by other things in this amazing city.
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