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Basilica di Sant'Andrea delle Fratte

The Basilica of Sant'Andrea delle Fratte, located near Via Capo le Case in Rome, is situated in a place which marked a kind of border area between the city and the countryside, highlighted by the term "fratte" which refers to the dividing hedges which would have been present in times past.

Built in the 17th century on a previous medieval place of worship, the basilica underwent significant restoration firstly by the architect Gaspare Guerra and later by Francesco Borromini. The façade, completed in 1826 by Pasquale Belli, is in a sober neoclassical style, contrasting with the baroque interior which is full of works of art.

Progressing through the chapels the visitor is surrounded by paintings, sculptures, and tombs of notables, culminating in the sanctuary with its angels sculpted by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The basilica is a place of profound spirituality dedicated to martyrdom and Christian life, with particular attention being paid to its patron Saint Andrew.

The chapel of Our Lady of the Miracle recalls an event in 1842 that led to the conversion of Alfonso Ratisbonne, a Jewish man from France. Near the exit you can admire the image of the Virgin Mary, represented as a grandiose and luminous figure, inspiring conversion and loving guidance.