Basilica di Sant'Andrea delle Fratte

Basilica di Sant'Andrea delle Fratte

Basilica di Sant'Andrea delle Fratte
4.5
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6:15 AM - 1:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Monday
6:15 AM - 1:00 PM
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
6:15 AM - 1:00 PM
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
6:15 AM - 1:00 PM
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
6:15 AM - 1:00 PM
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday
6:15 AM - 1:00 PM
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
6:15 AM - 1:00 PM
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
6:15 AM - 1:00 PM
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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The area

Address
Neighborhood: Centro
How to get there
  • Spagna • 5 min walk
  • Barberini - Fontana di Trevi • 6 min walk
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The Spanish Steps Apartment
Rome, Italy33,053 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
This is our local church, nd we love it. The church's gorgeous bell tower was designed by the amazing architect Borromini (best seen from up the street). The church is also home to two magnificent angels by Borromini's rival, the famous Bernini (the angels originally were intended to grace the bridge leading to Castel Sant'Angelo, but were immediately seen as so beautiful they were moved to an interior location to preserve them, and the ones on the bridge are replicas). The church also has a very peaceful interior courtyard, with a little fountain in the middle (with fish swimming beneath) and fruit trees. Note: as of November 2022, they are restoring the front and side doors of the church, so entrance is through the door on the front right which goes through the courtyard.
Written November 21, 2022
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kmtrixi
Oshawa, Canada110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Sant'Andrea delle Fratte is a 17th-century basilica church dedicated to St. Andrew. The Cardinal Priest of the Titulus S. Andreae Apostoli de Hortis is Ennio Antonelli. The interior has a single nave with three chapels on each side, and two small chapels on either side of the entrance. The ceiling, statues and art work are stunning.
Written June 16, 2024
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Nana_JP
Washington, DC425 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Friends
I am biased regarding this church. Many years ago I happened on it when the sun was streaming through an upper window and lighting up one of Bernini's angels like he was on fire from within. Every time I am in Rome I visit. It is a small church, indistinct on the outside, and close to the Spanish Steps. Inside it is lovely and intimate, but the two Bernini angle sculptures are the pièce de résistance. They actually seem too large for this little place, but take some time to commune with them. If you are lucky enough to see the sunlight shine on the one on the right, it might be the experience of a lifetime.
Written December 5, 2013
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eiram55
Orlando, Florida107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Solo
This church is indeed special in part for the events that occurred here. There are two busts prominent on each side of a beautiful small altar. One is of St. Maximillian Kolbe who wished to have his very fist mass here and second, that of Alphonse (Marie) Ratisbonne who had an instant conversion and infusion of knowledge when the Virgin appeared to him. In fact, the Virgin had appeared also to St. Maximillian Kolbe as well, when he was 9 yrs old in Poland. A picture on the right of that altar shows the moment of the Virgin's appearance to Alphonse. Pope Emeritus Benedict called this place the "Lourdes of Rome" for the numerous miracles attached to this place. The Bernini angels are a wonder.to view. Before you go, check the location on the internet as it will save you time in locating it and pay attention to their open/close times. This is a place to pray for miracles and a place to return to give thanks for miracles. I did.
Written June 12, 2014
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eiram55
Orlando, Florida107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Solo
I came to this church for a purpose and left, fully satisfied. This is a site of countless miracles. One bust displayed is of Alphonse Marie Ratisbonne who had a spontaneous conversion and infusion of knowledge. This came about through prayers of friends, wearing the Miraculous Medal, and praying the Memore prayer. He was a well bread gentleman and banker who resIsted every attempt to join the religious affiliations of his friends. Inside the adjacent beautiful chapel is a painting showing this event. He became a priest, joining with his brother, Theodore, but spent most of his time in the Holy Land where he is buried.

Another bust is poised opposite, that being the now, St. Maximillian Kolbe, he had his first mass here. He loved the Miraculous Medal and he too had seen the Virgin but as a child. He accepted two crowns that She offered, white (chastity, he became a Fransican) and red (martyrdom, he gave up his life so that a Jewish man could live at Auchwitz). He was starved, poisoned, and incinerated.

There are many miracle heart plaques in the church as well. The mass was beautiful; the priest was passionate in his homily and there was a holy countenance all about him.

A church to me is more than artistic expressions but this church even excelled there. A mass well done, holy priests, a devout congregation, and in such a powerful historical setting...it made day!!
Written May 15, 2012
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luigi66
rome41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Solo
If you are interested in art and in beautiful roman basilicas, you cannot miss the extraordinary gem which is the parochial basilica of S. Andrea delle Fratte, near Piazza di Spagna. Once the church of the Scottish community, it was handed over to the religious order of the friars of St. Francis from Paola, who have been keeping it for many centuries. This church is home to a great number of masterpieces, some of which have been designed by two giants of Italian art, Bernini and Borromini. This makes a visit a must for the artistic oriented visitor. However, what is really special about the basilica, is that it constitutes one of the three official places of apparition of the Virgin Mary, who appeared to a jewish young man, Alfonso Ratisbonne, on january 20th, 1842. Alfonso was not religious at all, but immediately converted to Catholicism, and lived a very pious life thereafter. He had to become a banker, and became a very holy priest, instead. This apparition is also linked to the one in Rue du Bac, Paris, to Catherine Labouré, and to the story of the miracolous medal. Anyway, if you do pay a visit to this mgnificent shrine, and are willing to experience some spiritual rest, you won't certainly be disappointed ...
Written March 8, 2015
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Vesna J
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Couples
It was by a chance that I found out about Basilica di Sant'Andrea delle Fratte. I was reading a story about the statues that adorn the bridge of Castel Sant'Angelo when I found out that the two statues that were created by Bernini himself were in this church. As you may know the story, Bernini was the author of the two of the ten statues: the Angel holding the Crown of Thorns and the Angel holding the incription I.N.R.I. They were deemed too beautiful by the Pope (who wanted them for his own palace) to stand outside so Bernini's students created replicas that were placed on the bridge. The originals, however, remained in Bernini's studio (pay attention at the Palace opposite the Church where Bernini lived) and in 1729 they were donated by Bernini's nephew to Sant'Andrea delle Fratte. I don't even have to say how beautiful the statues are as Bernini was a master at being able to convey emotions through marble. You can also admire the Borromini's work (the bell Tower). This church is also called Madonna del Miracolo as one appartion took place here in 1842. Alfonso Ratisbonne, son and heir of a wealthy, aristocratic family of Jewish bankers, while admiring the architecture of the church encountered a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He then converted to Catholicism and joined the priesthood.

I would also advise you to see the lovely courtyard of this Church.

As for the location, you will easily find it (just a 2-minute walk south of the Spanish steps). You should also know the opening hours, if I remember well it's open from 10:00 to 12:00 and then from 16:30 to 19:00 (I thought it would be open from 15:00 like most other churches but they open very late at 16:30).

Enjoy the remarkable artistic treasure of this church, it's most definitely worth a visit!
Written September 17, 2013
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ITBJ55
Baltimore, MD184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Site of the beautifully restored altar where the Blessed Mother appeared in 1842 to Alphonse Ratisbonne, a Jewish aristocrat who had been wearing the Miraculous Medal on a dare from a Catholic friend. A museum exhibit in the courtyard tells his story in Italian and English. Future saint Maximum Kolbe came to this same altar to celebrate his first Mass in 1918. A gift shop off the courtyard sells miraculous medals and books, but nothing published in English.
Written October 24, 2019
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dapper777
Monaco64,422 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Sant'Andrea delle Fratte (St. Andrew in the Woods) proves that not all churches had to be as massive as St Peter's Basilica or as iconic as the Florence Duomo to impress.
If you are traversing between Rome's top two attractions, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain, we highly recommend stepping into this church to catch a glimpse of beauty!
Many visitors to Rome pass in front of the church of Sant'Andrea delle Fratte because it is on the well-beaten path between the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, but very few think to enter it. The church deserves much more than a casual glance because of its interesting history and two very special works of art.
This is a 17th century basilica church devoted to St. Andrew. This church was built over a pre-existing one that was erected in 1192. The apse, the dome and the bell tower are attributed to Borromini, who had worked on the building since 1653.
The bell tower is truly amazing, don't forget to look up.
When you first walk into the church, your eyes will immediately be drawn, not to the apse, in the center of which is a painting of St. Andrew on the x-shaped cross but to one of the chapels on the left side. It appears to be a "church within a church" as it has its own set of pews in the main aisle facing it. The chapel is dedicated to la Madonna del miracolo, "the Madonna of the miracle" for a miraculous event which took place on January 20, 1842. On that day a man of the Jewish faith, Alfonse Ratisbone entered the church to admire the architecture of Borromini. The Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to him, smiling and inviting him to kneel and pray; he obeyed and the apparition vanished. Because of this religious experience Ratisbone converted to Catholicism and was baptized less than two weeks later on January 31 by the Cardinal Vicar of Rome, Costantino Patrizi.
Then inside two sculptures by Bernini are preserved: they are of the angels who carried out the Sant' Angelo bridge and that the pontiff wanted to shelter from the ravages of time. They represent "the Angel with the crown of thorns" and "the Angel with the cartouche, with the letters INRI", showing symbols of the Passion. The master himself personally carved two of the angels.l
In the church are the tombs of the Swiss artist Angelica Kauffmann and her husband Antonio Zucchi.
We definitely recommend this beautiful church, it is a calm one without many peoples.
It was a great chance for us to visit this church where, as we said before, Our Lady appeared to Alfonse Ratisbone and where St. Maximillian Kolbe celebrated his first Holy Mass.
Rome is a city of churches. If you see one that is open, go in and usually you will find treasures.
This is just another beautiful place you have to see.
Written September 14, 2019
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Kirk M
Edmonton, Canada1,917 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Solo
The church is two-toned on the front---yellowish brick below and pinkish brick above (colour-co-ordinated!). It's not big inside, but has some of the most striking collection of sculptures I've seen in a Roman church. Some are memorial ones, like a large wall plaque for the Swiss painter Angelica Kauffmann (one of the most important women artists of the 18th century) and her husband, also a painter but not as good as she was! They are buried here. There's a wall relief of the German sculptor Rudolf Schadow (who died in his 30s) with his marble bust in a niche above. The most important sculpture here, though, is one by Bernini showing an angel holding the Crown of Thorns. It's sculpted in his typical swirling, agitated style.
But my favourite is a marble wall plaque dedicated to Marianna Fischer (German?) showing a female mythological figure decorating an urn with garlands of flowers. I don't know who Fischer was, but she may have been a painter because there's a brush and palette carved underneath the mythological woman.
From the church you can enter a peaceful, attractive small cloister that has a series of weathered semi-circular fresco paintings under the vaults. In the middle of the cloister is an odd fountain with a mossy rock sculpture.
The church interior is richly decorated in the Baroque style. Particularly beautiful are the different patterned and coloured marbles on the columns and walls. The famous architect Borromini designed the dome and a tower.
Written July 17, 2016
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