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Sant'Andrea della Valle

  • Piazza Vidoni 6 Map It
  • Campo de' Fiori
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 06/07/2016

Fodor's Review

Topped by the highest dome in Rome after St. Peter's (designed by Maderno), this huge and imposing 17th-century church is remarkably balanced in design. Fortunately, its facade, which had turned a sooty gray from pollution, has been cleaned to a near-sparkling white. Use one of the handy mirrors to examine the early-17th-century frescoes by Domenichino in the choir vault and those by Lanfranco in the dome. One of the earliest ceilings done in full Baroque style, its upward vortex was influenced by Correggio's dome in Parma, of which Lanfranco was also a citizen. (Bring a few coins to light the paintings, which can be very dim.) The three massive paintings of Saint Andrew's martyrdom are by Maria Preti (1650–51). Richly marbled and decorated chapels flank the nave, and in such a space, Puccini set the first act of Tosca.

Sight Information

Address:

Piazza Vidoni 6, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, Rome, Latium, 00186, Italy

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Phone:

06-6861339

Published 06/07/2016

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