Giardino 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.
The 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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  • Walk east from the four fountain intersections and follow the sant'Andrea Al Quirinale Church on the corner at the free Santaandrea Al Quirinale Gardens. It is a garden, but it is an ordinary walking park except for the distinctive sculpture (the monument of Vicentenario Dei Carabinieri) in the center. According to the guide board, there was a guide board of the closing gate and the city hall system around 7 o'clock in the morning opening of the gate and sunset.
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  • Buy a salad or sandwich at te Coop around the block and just sit here to enjoy a book and the quiet. In the middle of Rome, a great place to in the shadow, with little people there. Of course with a l...  more »
  • Small park to rest and get some cool in the shade, the fountain has a great fresh water, otherwise the park is a bit unkempt and dirty
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  • Nice garden, located next to the church St. Andrea of Bernini. Worth a visit and have some rest from the long walk.
  • Lovely monument but park looks neglected with no grass and overgrown with dry weeds on dry ground. Pond is empty. Very sad
  • Very peasefull place where you just can go, seat and chill on bench. But look out for Police patrols.
  • Wonderful community park in the middle of Rome, with a nice playground. It's not the fanciest park around, but it's a great place to take a break from the crowded shopping, museums, and attractions about. Contrary to some other reviews I found the playground equipment to be in good repair. It's older style of equipment. Some of the boards show clear signs of wear / weathering, but I didn't find any loose or splintering pieces. The kids had a great time playing there.
  • Is nice, if a little small. Closes at random times, which is odd for a park.
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