Chiesa di Sant'Andrea al Quirinale

Chiesa di Sant'Andrea al Quirinale

Chiesa di Sant'Andrea al Quirinale
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A masterpiece.
Mar 2020
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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dapper777
Monaco32,675 contributions
Mar 2020
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.
Written August 10, 2020
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA35,364 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
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.
Written November 23, 2020
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Oliver S
New York City, NY11,416 contributions
Jun 2015 • Couples
A beautiful Baroque creation of Bernini, the church is chock-full-of frescoes and mosaics. Take the free guided tour, it's interesting. Be aware they close around lunch and on Mondays.
Written June 21, 2015
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Z Factor
Wellington, New Zealand209 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
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.
Written September 25, 2019
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bobbyripe
Panama City, Panama119 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
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.
Written September 19, 2019
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Daiga T
London, UK261 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
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.
Written July 17, 2019
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71Isaac
Kilkis, Greece350 contributions
May 2019 • Family
This is a small church, but its artistic value as an example of the baroque architecture is considerable. Unusual oval-shaped dome, very richly decorated. A masterpiece.
Written May 2, 2019
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Kirk M
Edmonton, Canada1,945 contributions
Jun 2016 • Solo
My visit here coincided with that of a middle-aged priest in full robes who spoke English with an American accent, and with him four or five young people listening to his comments on the importance of the church. Tagging along helped me to better appreciate the church! It was designed by Bernini, and apparently he sat in it daily and admired it as his most perfect work. (He lived nearby.) It's narrow and squeezed up, and is reached by a flight of steps that looks like pools of water cascading down.
Inside, the painting over the high altar is interesting because it's done by a French artist, not an Italian, which was uncommon at the time. The dome interior is really striking. It's gorgeously patterned in gold. Light shines into it from the highest point, and then huge arched ribs shoot out to the base of the dome. It looks like the inside of a splendid umbrella!
Apart from these things, it's a standard, attractive Roman Baroque church, known mainly for its associations with Bernini. This church is worth a visit if you've been to nearby San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane. It's just down the hill on the same side of the street, but is less interesting.
Written July 21, 2016
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88JimS
North Iceland, Iceland39 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
Church is small, yet very beautiful and moving. Not crowded at all. We walked down from the Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria. Note mid-day closing times for both churches.
Written July 17, 2016
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Robert_Christophor
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands251 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
This oval church is Bernini's masterpiece. Look up to the centre light and see the little putti (angels with only heads and wings) descend and look down on you. In the right corner up above, see an angel swing on a garland. And notice that Jesus on the cross had his stab on the wrong side (should be left).
Written July 3, 2014
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