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Sant'Andrea della Valle Rome

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The Basilica of S. Andrea della Valle is the first example of Baroque architecture in Rome.
It is located in the Saint Eustachio Rione, near Piazza Navona,  at the intersection of Corso Vittorio Emanuele  and Corso Rinascimento, in Piazza Vidoni, once called piazza di Siena because here stood the palace of the princes Piccolomini, coming just from Siena.
It is called "Della Valle" because it was built near the Palazzo Valle. Construction work began in 1591 under the design by Gian Francesco Grimaldi and Giacomo Della Porta who built the basilica.
Piazza Navona Rentals RomeThe dome, which is the third largest dome in Rome (following the dome of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican and dome of the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls) has been designed by the architect Carlo Maderno. In the marvelous baroque facade stand two female statues of Hope and Prudence, the statues of San Gaetano and San Sebastian, the statues of St. Andrew the Apostle and St. Andrew Avellino and the famous angel with wing lift on the left side of facade. The great dome, with beautiful lantern capitals, complete the facade of the church.
Rome guided toursEntering the immense and majestic nave you can admire beautiful chapels and frescoes of the dome as the "Glory of Heaven," the four "Evangelists and the stories of Saint Andrew:" Flagellation of St. Andrew "," Saint  Andrew in adoration of the Cross "," Sant'Andrew in glory "and" Calling of St. Peter and St. Andrew". Among the chapels the "Barberini Chapel", made in 1616, is particularly interesting.
Gian Lorenzo Bernini worked among other artists to its decoration.
Tours in RomeThe interior of the church is so elegant and gorgeous that Giacomo Puccini choose to set the first act of the opera Tosca in Sant'Andrea della Valle.
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