PlanThis small church has an oval plan with the transverse axis longer than the main axis between the entrance and altar. See also Bernini's rival's church, further down the road--Borromini's San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane. It too is located on a small site and uses an oval plan, although in Bernini's church the main entrance and high altar are on the short axis of the oval.
View toward the altar and view toward the entranceA sculpted St. Andrew rises above the altar-niche, soaring to heaven on stucco clouds. The architecture of the interior is designed to focus attention on this dramatic miracle.
The High AltarThe high altar is flanked by two pairs of fluted Corinthian columns in red marble. Baroque architects were fond of vari-colored marbles. The painting represents the martyrdom of St. Andrew, to whom the church is dedicated.
The apotheosis of St. AndrewThe stucco saint above the altar, looking toward the light in the dome, kneels on a cloud within the broken pediment. This statue was carved by one of Bernini's pupils, Antonio Raggi.
Concealed light source--a common Bernini trick
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