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Church of San Luigi dei Francesi

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Address: Piazza San Luigi de' Francesi, 00186 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: 06 688271
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Description: Closed on Thursdays! The famous painter Caravaggio (1573-1610) was...
Closed on Thursdays! The famous painter Caravaggio (1573-1610) was commissioned to paint for this church, where in one of its chapels is his realistic naturalism in three scenes of the life of St. Matthew.
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A must for Caravaggio fans

You never know when you look at the facade of an Italian church what treasures await you inside. This is a lovely church with beautiful art but my favorite part is the Contarelli... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

You never know when you look at the facade of an Italian church what treasures await you inside. This is a lovely church with beautiful art but my favorite part is the Contarelli Chapel with Caravaggio paintings on three sides. When I was there, there was a beautifully worded explanation of the message behind The Calling of Matthew - the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Well most likely you are going to Piazza Navona, so be sure to check put this wonderful church, especially the Carvaggios

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

This like seemingly all churches in Rome is beautiful. Finding it is easy because every tourist must visit Piazza Navona and "dei Francesi" is just behind. Just like the subject line says, 3 Caravaggios are on display. Amazing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

At the front of this church are three Caravaggio's depicting St. Matthius (St. Matthew) the tax-collector and Christ's call to him to become a follower. The printed explanations are piecemeal on placards as you walk up to the side chapel with the amazing paintings. The tourist crowd usually skips this church, but the few inside do crowd around Caravaggio's St.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

As you are bound to go to piazza Navona, it is well worth visiting this church as it is just behind. Fantastic paintings by Carvaggio

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Three Caravaggio at once! It is on the path along with Sant'Agostino and santa maria del popolo to see 6 Caravaggio masterpieces. The galleria d'Arte antica (Palazzo Barberini has two more and six more in Galleria Borghese).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

There are so many wonderful churches in Rome to visit but this had to be the best. It was quiet and beautiful inside and contained some of Caravaggio's best work-his paintings on St. Matthew. Visiting the Chapel of St. Matthew you can't help but get a sense of the artist's understanding of his own sin and how he related to... More 

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Seattle, Washington
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

I have walked by this church many times and didn't know that there were famous paintings by Carvaggio inside. Definitely worth a look Between Pantheon and Piazza Navonna.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

It was wonderful to see the three Caravaggio paintings depicting the life of Saint Matthew and there were not too many tourists inside this church at the time we visited.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Amazing Church in Rome and may be part of the Angels & Demons tour. Churches are a must see in Rome.

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Additional Information about Church of San Luigi dei Francesi

Address: Piazza San Luigi de' Francesi, 00186 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: 06 688271
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lazio  >  Rome>  > Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori
Open Hours:
Sunday 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm  10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Monday 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm  10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Tuesday 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm  10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Wednesday 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm  10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Thursday 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm  10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Saturday 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm  10:00 am - 12:30 pm

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