"Piazza di Sant'Andrea della Valle & Its Fountain" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Tuesday 7th June 2011
The Sant'Andrea della Valle square was built in 1938 during the works over Corso del Rinascimento. The site of the old Piazza di S.Andrea remained under the tract of Corso Vittorio. The fountain in the middle of the new Piazza came here in 1957 from a disappeared square in Borghi zone and is attributed to C.Maderno.
Famous Church/ Chiesa di S.Andrea della Valle is located here. Outside the church building, in front of the main entranceway, is the St. Andrea Della Valle Piazza. There is a stature in the Piazza named the Fontana di Sant'Andrea della Valle, which was built in 1614.
Fontana di Piazza S. Andrea della Valle (Fountain of Piazza di Sant'Andrea della Valle) is commissioned by Paul the Fifth Borghese(1605-1621) and designed by Maderno, it was built in 1614 and placed in Piazza Scossacavalli in front of Palazzo Campeggi, residence of cardinal Scipione Borghese. The project included a huge quadrangular granite pond that Alexanderthe Sixth Borgia (1492-1503) had placed near the fountain of Piazza San Pietro and currently situated behind the apse of the basilica of San Peter.
A square-plan fountain with arcs of circle inserted on the sides was built instead of this project. A decorated shaft with four volutes is placed in the centre. The shaft supports the low and wide circular-shaped basin and is decorated with the eagle and the dragon symbols of the Borghese family. A capital is placed at the centre of the basin. When part of the district of Borgo called “spina di Borgo” was demolished for the opening of Via della Conciliazione in 1933, the fountain was dismantled and stored in the Municipal depots. It was rebuilt in 1958 replacing a few elements an placed in front of the facade of the church of Sant’Andrea della Valle in the square having its same name.
Piazza di S.Andrea della Valle is now a guide for people to park their cars. Part of the fountain originally stood in a central square of Rione XIV, which was demolished in the 1930s and moved to the site in the 1950s.
Piazza di Sant'Andrea della Valle & Its Fountain
Piazza di Sant'Andrea della Valle
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Parione (Navona-Campo de' Fiori) (Roma centro)
Piazza di Sant'Andrea della Valle & Its Fountain is Shown By "Map H Zone" As "38"