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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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  • Large. the Baroque church in the heart of Rome, in Corso Vittorio Emanuele. Very beautiful interior decoration of All chapels richly and very richly decorated with sculpture and painting. High on the walls of the main nave placed gravestones two dads-Piccolomini Pius 2 and Pius 3. But the Church come to contemplate the magnificent baroque painting. Cost to raise your head up as you will be stunned by the rich decoration of the vault. On the main altar placed paintings with stories of St. Andrew work Preti. A huge Dome decorated with mural inside Lanfranco "greatness of paradise". In its sails set of Domenichino depicts the four evangelists. Domenichino adorned his works the transept of the Church. The great painting of two great artists of the beginning of the 17 century. You can enjoy these brilliant frescoes until it gets tired neck. This temple is deployed the first action of the Opera Tosca.
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  • This church was very surprised. Pretty inconspicuous from the outside but inside beautifully decorated and very gold plated. The dome and the paintings on the ceiling are wonderful.
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  • This church is overlooking the square with the same name that is nothing but a wide stretch of Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, and the appellation "the Valley" comes from the area which was once a depression where collected the waters running down from the Quirinal and the Pincio, forming a large pond. The fountain is in the square since 1957, from the demolished Spanish Scossacavalli, from where it was removed in 1937 for the opening of via della Conciliazione and is in fact called Fontana di Scossacavalli. The construction of the Church began in 1591 designed by Giacomo della Porta, but was continued by Maderno, to whom we owe the dome which is the fourth in Rome by diameter (17 metres), while the lantern on the dome was designed by Borromini. The façade was erected in 1665 by Charles Rinaldi, who modified the project in part of Maderno he didn't like; and he thought to put on the sides of the façade and two statues of angels. A first one is on the left the carved ' Giacomo Antonio Fancelli, but was also heavily criticised by Pope Alexander VII, whereby the sculptor annoyed refused to sculpt each other making know the Pope that if he wanted he could have it for themselves. So because of the pride of the sculptor the façade remained with only one Angel, from the wing expanse and placed against the wall almost as a prop, as he was mischievously commented in two verses affixed to the statue of Pasquino: "I'd like to fly like a bird, but here I was placed to shore!" The Interior is really wonderful with the chapels a richer and more beautiful than the other. The most famous is the Chapel, the first left, also known as Tosca; Why is the backdrop to the first act of Puccini's Opera "Tosca", with the painter Cavaradossi engaged in painting the portrait of the marchesa Attavanti, thus arousing the jealousy of his lover, Tosca. Particular popular devotion to the chapel of San Gaetano Thiene, linked to Christmas celebrations with the so-called "Sermon of the Nations" in ottaviario of Epiphany. In the chapel are the tombs of Popes Pius II and Pius III Piccolomini family, who owned a Palace in the square outside the Church, and the tomb of Monsignor Giovanni Della Casa author of etiquette. The outer shell of the dome is completely covered by the immense fresco of Lanfranchi "the glory of paradise". In the wall of the apse you can see three frescoes by Mattia Preti of 1651: "St. Andrew crucified upon the cross", "Andrew hoisted" and "burial of Sant'Andrea". And as I leave ecstatic this wonderful place of worship (and if it says an agnostic!), resound in the ears the sweet notes of Puccini of "Recondita armonia" "Recondita armonia, different beauties, Floria, the ardent lover mine. And you, unknown beauty, surrounded by hair blonde, you have blue eyes, Tosca has black eye! Art in its mystery, the many delights together confonde...ma in I'm painting her, my thought, my sol thought you, Tosca, it's you! "
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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!