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Sant'Andrea della Valle, Rome

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  • While walking around Rome, I came upon Sant'Andrea della Valle (Saint Andrew of the Valley). The beginning of this basilica dates back to the late-1500s and was completed in 1650. It is dedicated to t...  more »
  • Just out of curiosity walked in, very surprisingly beautiful. A pity that this basilica is just skipped.
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  • It is located close to the magnificent Piazza Navona and is one of the most beautiful examples of baroque, such as its elegance. Only in 1965 it was entitled of Basilica Minor. It was built between 1590 and 1650 according to the design of several architects, among them Giacomo della Porta and Carlo Maderno. The church façade features two sets of Corinthian columns. At the bottom of the façade, four niches are observed with the statues of St. Gaetano, S. André Apostle, S. Sebastião and St. André Avellino. In the center you can see the door with a curvy eardrum, surmounted by the statues of "Speranza" and "Prudenza" placed on the sides of a large coat of arms of the Peretti family. An interesting fact is the presence of a single angel on one side of the top. This is because architect Carlo Reinaldi is responsible for following up on the initial project, annoyed by the Pope's criticism of the changes he decided to introduce, left the work unfinished. Also the top two niches lie empty. The basilica has a Structure on a Latin cross with a single large nave, a small transept, the abside and eight side chapels. The interior is very sober and ordered, and in it stands out the dome with large windows interspersed with eight columns. In it you can see a fresco of Giovanni Lanfranco and frescoes of Domenichino depicting the evangelists and stories of Saint Andrew. It also stands out to Cappella Strozzi, from a family of Florentine bankers, renaissance style reproducing a michelangelo project and decorated with bronze copies of Michelangelo's statues. The best interest is michelangelo's pietà bronze replica by Raffaello da Montelupo (Pietá Negra). Also highlight the beautiful Barberini Chapel, also known as the "Capela della Tosca", in relation to puccini's poetic legend. It was in Sant'Andrea Della Valle that Puccini created the setting for the first of his magnificent work! A church not to be missed.
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  • Such a beautiful church! There is audio guide for free, but you can make donation (optional). There are 5 sacred concerts/ month so look it up. I missed one that just happened the previous evening.
  • Love the free English audio tour. Very nice feature. Obviously the place is gorgeous like any other church in Italy!
  • Nice church, mostly from the inside. It is free and there's a free audio guide if you want. You can give a donation wich seems to be fair to do so.
  • Agreed with other reviewers that this is absolutely one of the most underrated attractions in Rome, and is free to boot. I had no idea what I was walking into (I tend to just wander in to any attraction that looks open and interesting) and was blown away by what I saw. I spent a good 30 minutes just walking around in wonder and taking it all in. Absolutely worth a visit.
  • Beautiful basilica! This was not on my radar, but I decided to stop in when I was walking past. It’s definitely worth a visit.
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