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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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  • Fabulous ceiling and amazing alter-piece of St Andrew on the diagonal cross. Lovely peaceful atmosphere 
  • The Church Sant'Andrea Della Valle is beautiful. Is in the Piazza Vidoni, at the intersection of the street Corso Vittorio Emanuele to Corso di Rinascimento. The Hotel I was staying in Rome is in Corso Vottorio Emanuele, a few meters of this church. Its facade is majestic and beautiful interior, with emphasis on your ceiling, ornamented with wonderful paintings and with a beautiful dome. Worth a visit!
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  • I am not exaggerating if I say that it is one of the most beautiful churches of Rome, and is now... Near the Piazza Navona, its imposing facade is beautiful, but when you walk you even more surprising. It has a golden light that wraps it completely, with a theatrical air. Its roof is impressive, has a mirror so can look at it calmly, deserves the penalty. The main altar with his huge paintings complete the show. Truly beautiful, surprised me. The first time I went to Rome I could not enter because I found it closed, was lucky to come back and I could see it. I advise that the you put between the favourites, not leave it to a second trip because it is incredible.
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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!