November 30th is St Andrew's Day, which is also known as the Feast of St Andrew, or Andermas.
The brother of St Peter, St Andrew was the first apostle to be called by Jesus. He is said to have been crucified on a cross in the shape of an 'X'. Known as a saltire, it is the saint's main attribute. St Andrew is the patron saint of fishermen.
For centuries the putative head of St Andrew was preserved in St Peter's Basilica, but in 1964 it was returned, at the behest of Pope Paul VI (r. 1963-78), to the Greek city of Patras, from where the saint's relics had been removed in 357.
There is a fine statue of St Andrew, the work of Camillo Rusconi (1658-1728), in the
Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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