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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 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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  • Majestic Church, vaulted topped up to the last detail. Marbles of great stature decorating each House. It is worth losing a few minutes here.
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  • Standing out in the Roman church circus requires a special claim ... here it's the vaulted ceiling that brings out the special mention. Beautiful with the obligatory dead saint in glas coffin in a sid...  more »
  • Another Church less known, but no less beautiful. Built in 1625, has its historical value. It is worthwhile to stop and enjoy.
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  • 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.
  • It takes your breath away. Absolutely a must see.
  • 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!
  • What a great place. Best of architect.
  • Beautiful church, decorated in a rather baroque style!