Sant’Andrea della Valle, Rome, Italy

Sant’Andrea della Valle, Rome

Sant’Andrea della Valle is a basilica church in Rome dedicated to St.Andrew and is the general seat of the Theatines, a male religious order of the Roman Catholic church. Pier Paolo Olivieri deigned the church in 1590 and it was completed by Carlo Maderno in 1650. The facade was added later, in 1655-1663 by Carlo Rainaldi, to Maderno’s design. The interior is shaped as a Latin cross and there are four side chapels. The dome is the second largest in Rome and contains a fresco named ‘The Glories of Paradise’ painted in 1622-1625. In the Apse above the high altar is an outstanding painting of the crucifixion, Martyrdom and burial of St.Andrew. The church houses the cenotaphs of both Pius II and Pius III, who are both buried here.

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