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Chiesa di Sant'Andrea al Quirinale

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Chiesa di Sant'Andrea al Quirinale

184 Reviews
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Via del Quirinale, 30, 00187 Rome Italy
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Barberini - Fontana di TreviRome Metro5 min
Repubblica - Teatro dell'OperaRome Metro8 min
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Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour
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Home to some of the world’s most iconic paintings, the Vatican Museums attract huge crowds. Save yourself hours of waiting by booking this skip-the-line tour of the Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s Rooms, and St. Peter’s Basilica (when the option is selected) in Rome. Early morning and evening tour options mean you can explore the complex during far less crowded time slots. Upgrade to a small-group tour limited to 10 people for a more personalized experience.
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Noraatc wrote a review Nov 2020
Sudbury, Massachusetts22,990 contributions1,079 helpful votes
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The Chiesa Santa Andrea al Quirinale totally took my breath away. This small church was designed by Bernini and then his talented pupil, Mario Pozzo, took over. The exterior is very simple and it is very easy to pass by this church neglecting going inside it. Nothing prepares you to the picture perfect oval of the opulent interior with Bernini’s charming cherubs statues, lavishly decorated gilded dome and elaborate pattern of the marble inlaid floor. This little church stole my heart... The opening hours are tricky, so it makes perfect sense to confirm just before your visit.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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dapper777 wrote a review Aug 2020
Monaco24,520 contributions2,480 helpful votes
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This beautiful church was designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, who considered it his best work for the perfect balance between architecture, sculpture and painting. Preceded by a semicircular staircase and a very elegant curvilinear porch supported by two columns, the simple single-order façade façade is framed by pilasters and crowned by a tympanum, decorated with the great coat of arms of Cardinal Pamphilj, who financed its construction, and by a festoon of garlands of roses symbolizing martyrdom. Adorned with rare polychrome marble, stucco and gilding, the interior has an oval plan with the major axis perpendicular to the entrance one. The radial chapels are set back in order to go on, without interrupting, with the continuous rhythm of the oval and the impression of great spatial breadth. The stupemdous dome with lantern, decorated with gilded coffers and large stucco figures lying on the window frames, generates a multiplicity of light sources which, depending on the time of day, determine suggestive lighting effects. There are many valuable works: the main chapel is splendid with an altar in gilded bronze and lapis lazuli, designed by Bernini himself and adorned with a golden sunburst with angels and cherubs by Antonio Raggi. In the center there is a canvas with the depiction of the "Martyrdom of Saint Andrew", a work by Jacques Courtois known as Il Borgognone. The first chapel on the right, dedicated to St Francis Xavier, houses three paintings by Giovanni Battista Galli, known as Baciccia. Noteworthy is the Sacrity with its altarpiece depicting the Immaculate Conception by Andrea Pozzo, the same Jesuit artist who did the famous ceiling at the church of Sant' Ignazio, and the magnificent frescoed ceiling vault with 'The Apotheosis of St Andrew' by Giovanni De Brosse. A masterpiece. Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Z Factor wrote a review Sep 2019
Wellington, New Zealand188 contributions91 helpful votes
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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 basilica visit due to the lack of clarity on timing. After we have ourselves a bit more time it was possible to experience this Baroque wonder and savour the architecture experience. It is a small church. If you see a tour group - best to wait out until you get in. It is more intimate and intense when there are lesser numbers inside the church.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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bobbyripe wrote a review Sep 2019
Panama City, Panama85 contributions43 helpful votes
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 looking around. Don’t need binoculars to truly appreciate the ceilings as in many other churches.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Daiga T wrote a review Jul 2019
London, United Kingdom266 contributions73 helpful votes
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I read about this church in travel magazine and was very happy when finally stumbled upon it. It’s a must see for any Baroque or Bernini fan. It is small but beautiful. It is free to visit but you have to pay €2 to visit the sacristy museum.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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