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Sant'Andrea della Valle, Rome

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4.8/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web
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 prior patron's death, direction of the church passed to Cardinal Alessandro Peretti di Montalto, nephew of Pope Sixtus V. Work restarted anew by 1608, banked 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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  • We attended a youth orchestra concert in this cathedral. It was surreal with the music and the beautiful venue. It was a lovely evening. The roof and dome were stunning. 
  • One of the many beautiful churches in Rome to visit, fascinating, charming friends missed Tripadvisor Hi da Ciccio from talsano Taranto
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  • The roof is the main attraction here and they've even placed mirrors on the floor so you don't have to bend over totally to get a look. Well worth a stop. Photos allowed. 
  • gorgeous quiet and simply stunning church close to piazza navona and campo di fiori, and unlike some of the churches in Rome, this one is very inclusive. nobody chases you out if you are wearing a sleeveless shirt, no one shoos you out disdainfully for having bare knees. the decoration is spectacular - gold gilding, marbles of many colours, beautiful carvings... absolutely gorgeous.
  • Amazing inside had a service going in at 7 when I arrived free once again amazing inside
  • Was NOT expecting to see that on the inside! Simply amazing...
  • One of my favorite churches in Rome. But then again, I have so many favorites in this city full of so many jaw-dropping churches. Fantastic paintings and painted ceiling.
  • Very cool place to visit along tour stops
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