Rome has been great theatre where beauty starred the leading role. One of the best performers on the stage of the 17th c. was architect Francesco Borromini whose powerful imagination embodied the whimsical character of the Baroque art.
Some of his strangest creations were for the church of Santa Andrea delle Fratte. The church has no dome because of the artist’s premature death, but Francesco Borromini was able to achieve the drum, that’s the typical support for the dome, as an x-shaped cross, symbol of Andrew’s martyrdom.
He also made the bell tower which stands absolutely white against the bricks of the church. This tower is used to enjoy not only the pleasure of ringing the bell but also the pleasure of dancing, or to be more correct, swinging!
The secret, as for any dancer, is the elasticity of the body, imparted by the genial Borromini with his thin pillars and curvy elements topped by a flaming crown.