"Bernini's perfect work." Top 5 Page for this destination Bernini Tip by breughel

Bernini, Rome: 15 reviews and 26 photos

  Oval dome of Sant'Andrea al Quirinale.
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  • Oval dome of Sant'Andrea al Quirinale. - Rome
      Oval dome of Sant'Andrea al Quirinale.
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  • Sant'Andrea al Quirinale. - Rome
      Sant'Andrea al Quirinale.
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  • Sant'Andrea al Quirinale - floor - Rome
      Sant'Andrea al Quirinale - floor
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The architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini considered the small church Sant'Andrea al Quirinale as his only perfect work (build from 1658 to 1678 with the assistance of de Rossi).

He often came here sitting and looking at the polychrome marbles, the gilded stuccoes and that marvelous oval dome with clerestory windows and a central glazed lantern cupola.
Bernini had refused any payment for his work on this church belonging to the Jesuits like the Gesů (ref. my tip).

The altar is on the short axis of the ellipse flanked by two pairs Corinthian columns in red marble. The painting above the altar represents the Martyrdom of the Apostle Andrew by Guillaume Courtois called "Borgognone".
There are four chapels; St Stanislas Kostka is enshrined in the second chapel on the left.

The floor is beautiful made of Bardiglio marble with polychrome inserts.
The visit of Sant'Andrea al Quirinale was a real pleasure. I must say that I had the impression to be in a theatre instead of a church.

Open 8-12 and 16-19 h. Closed on Monday (according to recent info 2014).

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  • Updated Jan 11, 2015
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