Sant’Andrea delle Fratte is located on via Sant’Andrea delle Fratte. The church is dedicated to St. Andrew. The name St. Andrew of the Thickets is derived from the fact that this church was built in the northernmost part of Rome in the 12th century in an area of wild “thickets” or countryside.
Borromini partially rebuilt the church in the 17th century. Francesco Borromini is responsible for the apse, the tambour of the cupola and the square campanile with four orders. After his death, the project was completed by Mattia De Rossi.
Borromini’s bell-tower is beautiful. The dome has his characteristic style with an intricate pattern of convex and concave surfaces.
When you enter the church, admire the Chapel of the Miraculous Madonna. Then you can drool over the Bernini Angels. These angels were originally carved for the Ponte Sant’Angelo but were “declared too breathtaking to be left outside.” My favorite is the “Angel with the Crown of Thorns.”
The angels were moved to the church in 1729. There are angel caryatids (supporting columns) in the bell-tower. They have with flaming torches that resemble ice cream cones.
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com