The Baroque church of Sant' Andrea al Quirinale was designed by the great Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) and built between 1658 and 1670. The master considered it one of his most perfect works.
Sant' Andrea al Quirinale was created to serve the Jesuit novitiate (founded in 1566), and financed by Cardinal Camillo Francesco Maria Pamphilj. The coat of arms of the Pamphilj family adorns both the exterior and interior of the church.
The ground plan of Sant' Andrea al Quirinale takes the form of an oval, with the main entrance located on the short axis. The painting of the Martyrdom of Saint Andrew (1668), on the high altar, is by the French painter Guillaume Courtois, while the sculpture of the saint ascending to heaven is the work of Antonio Raggi.
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