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Sant’Andrea al Quirinale

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Sant’Andrea al Quirinale
Colin Embrey

The Jesuits commissioned Gian Lorenzo Bernini to build this church for novices living on the Quirinale.

With funding from Prince Camillo Pamphilj, the Jesuits commissioned Gian Lorenzo Bernini to build a church for novices living on the Quirinale. The site was small and awkward, but Bernini solved the problem by designing an oval church with the entrance and the high altar very unusually on the short axis. Above the door, a section of the wall seems to have swung down on to the columns, creating an entrance porch. Inside, the church is richly decorated with the figure of St Andrew (by Antonio Raggi, Bernini’s star pupil) floating heavenwards through a broken pediment above the high altar.

By: Time Out editors

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Venue name: Sant’Andrea al Quirinale
Contact:
Address: Via del Quirinale, 30
Rome
00187 Roma RM
Opening hours: 8.30am-noon, 2.30-6pm Tue-Sat; 9am-noon, 3-6pm Sun.
Transport: Metro Repubblica
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