Chiesa di Sant'Andrea al Quirinale, Rome

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The Church of Saint Andrew's at the Quirinal is a Roman Catholic titular church in Rome, Italy, built for the Jesuit seminary on the Quirinal Hill.
The church of Sant'Andrea, an important example of Roman Baroque architecture, was designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini with Giovanni de'Rossi. Bernini received the commission in 1658 and the church was constructed by 1661, although the interior decoration was not finished until 1670. The site previously accommodated a 16th-century church, Sant'Andrea a Montecavallo. Commissioned by former Cardinal Camillo Francesco Maria Pamphili, with the approval of Pope Alexander VII, Sant'Andrea was the third Jesuit church constructed in Rome, after the Church of the Gesù and Sant'Ignazio. It was to serve the Jesuit novitiate, which was founded in 1566. Bernini considered the church one of his most perfect works; his son, Domenico, recalled that in his later years, Bernini spent hours sitting inside it, appreciating what he had achieved.
It has served as the titular church of Brazilian Cardinal Odilo Scherer since 2007.
The main façade of the church faces onto the Via del Quirinale (formerly the Via Pia), as does Borromini's San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane further down the road. Unlike San Carlo, Sant’Andrea is set back from the street and the space outside the church is enclosed by low curved quadrant walls. An oval cylinder encases the dome, and large volutes transfer the lateral thrust. The main façade to the street has an aedicular pedimented frame at the center of which a semicircular porch with two Ionic columns marks the main entrance. Above the porch entablature is the heraldic coat of arms of the Pamphili patron.
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  • Timing is attached for your comfort. It is baroquest of all churches. Unfortunately if you visit this after St Peter’s you will be underwhelmed. Unfortunately we saw this after our St. Peter...  more »
  • Visited over a dozen churches on this trip to Rome, and this tiny masterpiece by Bernini was probably my favorite. Its small size allows you to take it all in by just standing in the center and...  more »
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  • Small baroque church. This was one of St John Paul II's favourites. Note the angels spinning into infinity Paul Simon!
  • A beautiful small church opposite the Italian President's residence designed by Bernini. My son had his wedding service here and it was soooo special.

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