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Chiesa di Sant'Andrea al Quirinale, Rome

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The Church of Saint Andrew's at the Quirinal is a Roman Catholic titular church in Rome, Italy, built for the Jesuit seminary on the Quirinal Hill.The church of Sant'Andrea, an important example of Roman Baroque architecture, was designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini with Giovanni de'Rossi. Bernini received the commission in 1658 and the church was constructed by 1661, although the interior decoration was not finished until 1670. The site previously accommodated a 16th-century church, Sant'Andrea a Montecavallo. Commissioned by former Cardinal Camillo Francesco Maria Pamphili, with the approval of Pope Alexander VII, Sant'Andrea was the third Jesuit church constructed in Rome, after the Church of the Gesù and Sant'Ignazio. It was to serve the Jesuit novitiate, which was founded in 1566. Bernini considered the church one of his most perfect works; his son, Domenico, recalled that in his later years, Bernini spent hours sitting inside it, appreciating what he had achieved.It has served as the titular church of Brazilian Cardinal Odilo Scherer since 2007.ExteriorThe main façade of the church faces onto the Via del Quirinale (formerly the Via Pia), as does Borromini's San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane further down the road. Unlike San Carlo, Sant’Andrea is set back from the street and the space outside the church is enclosed by low curved quadrant walls. An oval cylinder encases the dome, and large volutes transfer the lateral thrust. The main façade to the street has an aedicular pedimented frame at the center of which a semicircular porch with two Ionic columns marks the main entrance. Above the porch entablature is the heraldic coat of arms of the Pamphili patron.
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  • Specially for art and architecture lovers. This little church, a short walk from the Quattro Fontane, and across Palazzo Quirinale, is a jewel. (Free, check opening hrs., not handicap accessible) The ...  more »
  • Royal Chapel, on which in the 17-th century competed ubiquitous Bernini. It was a kind of response not less known, but not such a great creative Boromini whose regular creation is literally just 2 (Church of San Carlo). Which is better-you can easily answer, making his personal opinion after visiting these two sites. I liked more the Church di Sant'Andrea al Quirinale. Perhaps, the Church is not too impressive (these were separate reasons-lack of space for construction), but here's the inside can cause a true delight. Recommend to visit and also advise not to judge in Rome on its face.
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  • My wife and I have been to Rome about 10 times in the past 20 years and have gone to the Fountain of Montecavallo on the Quirinal Hill almost every time, but this was the first time we ever went to Ch...  more »
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  • Uniquely beautiful interior in this small gem of a church by Bernini with an array of late 17th-century artworks in the side chapels.
  • In the Baroque period the ellipse was the perfect shape. A wonderful church by Gian Lorenzo Bernini
  • Married here almost 10 years ago .. beautiful architecture !! 10 out of ten for everything ...
  • Sant'Andrea al Quirinale is a splendid Baroque church designed by Bernini in Rome. It is a tender scene to imagine: the great Baroque architect, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, in his last years, sitting for hours in this gem of a church, admiring the wondrous space he had created. A painter, sculptor, architect, playwright and stage designer, Bernini fashioned a visually integrated masterwork, which tells the story of Sant'Andrea's martyrdom and ascension into heaven. The novel elliptical worship space, with the entry on the long side, thrusts one immediately into the action, and one can sit for hours admiring the church's spectacular features, from paintings to sculpture, from the rich coffered dome to the sumptuous pink marble columns. This church truly is a sight for sore eyes, and must have been even more so before our electronic age. For Sant'Andrea, Bernini created one of the most unique façades in the city. First, he chose not to hide the elliptical shape of the church behind a large façade. Instead, he created a narrow but tall entrance, which he flanked with two huge pilasters (flattened columns) topped by Corinthian capitals. Atop these, he placed a triangular pediment, and at the bottom, a semi-circular staircase that seems to cascade down from the entrance like flowing water. At the top of the stairs, Bernini created a semi-circular porch, using two Ionic columns, which he topped with the Pamphilij coat of arms, containing the family's symbol, the dove. When you walk into Sant'Andrea al Quirinal, you can quickly see why Bernini considered this his most perfect work. It may take a moment to orient yourself, as you are immediately enveloped the curving walls and decorations that might make you feel like you're inside a gigantic Easter egg. Chapels sweep around you. Ornate, carved marble abounds. The inlaid mosaic on the floor mirrors elliptical dome overhead. Architectural molding running around inside wall divides the space into an upper and lower church.
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