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Roman Baroque's two genius rivals, Bernini and Borromini, had totally different personalities. Thanks to this church (by Bernini) and, close by, the San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane church (by Borromini), you can compare both talents and make your own choice. Sant'Andrea was built from 1658 to 1678, and its facade opens onto a rounded porch and an elliptical interior, that is positioned according to the small axis defined by an imposing entrance and choir. The deep side chapels increase the effect that makes the building look bigger than it really is. Bernini, then at the height of his art, produces extremely rich decorative effects, by associating various types of marble, gold decorations and stuccoes that are masterly arranged: this is certainly his most important church. Before running off to see San Carlo, in order to try and decide between the two masters, take time to look at paintings by Baciccia and Jacques Courtois, here called Il Borgognone. Also, the Golden Glory, above the altar, is a reminder of Bernini's taste for theatre decorations. The St. Stanislas rooms contain the recumbent statue of the saint, sculpted in multicoloured marble by Pierre Legros. The sacristy is covered by a handsome, trompe l'oeil-decorated vault.

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  • 8.30am-noon, 3.30pm-7pm, Sun 9am-noon, 4pm-7pm

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