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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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Then again, perhaps it has to do with the ambivalence of his paintings, which, though covering famous religious subjects, do not exactly inspire faith, either because of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Then again, perhaps it has to do with the ambivalence of his paintings, which, though covering famous religious subjects, do not exactly inspire faith, either because of the dramatic content - decapitations, crucifixions, depositions from the cross, etc. - or because Caravaggio often used his friends as models, including prostitutes, card sharps, and other folk of dubious morals.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

this church is located not far from Piaza Navona. Very beautiful and impressive inside. wormly recommended . There are so many churches in Rome , but this should be visited .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Amazingly some descriptions of this church fail to mention that it contains three of the greatest and most influential paintings ever produced in Italy. Perhaps this has to do with the shadowy life of the man who painted them, Michelango di Merisi, known as Caravaggio, who later killed a man and spent the last four years of his life on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

If you want to see some Caravaggio paintings up close visit this church which is located near the Piazza Navona

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Beautiful church a couple of hundred metres away from piazza navona. The caravaggio paintings are the highlights.This church has the famous Carravagio paintings in it but its hard to remember where it is it's so forgetable for some reason.Caravaggio's works are breathtaking, nothing compared to the images I have seen. A must see for everyone.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

This church is worth a visit if only to see the Caravaggio paintings. We were off season so it was not too busy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I came to this church, as many tourists do, specifically to see the wonderful Caravaggio paintings. They surely will not disappoint. Be prepared for crowds who also want to see the Caravaggios -- but be patient. Worth investing a Euro to turn the lights on the paintings -- but then wait for other tourists to do the same (communal enjoyment).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Incredible art, the Caravaggio's I believe are some of his earliest religious paintings. Close to Piazza Navona, don't miss this church. Beautiful baroque church, incredible ceiling's

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

caravaggio's paintings are magic. The contrast darkness and light, the focus of attention, the people painted, give a deep emotion

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Easily found between Piazza Navonna and the Pantheon, a lovely baroque church built by the French. The most important things to see are the Caravaggios in a side altar to the left of the main altar. Pay for the illumination lights - necessary for a proper viewing. We were there on a dreary late March afternoon with very little daylight... More 

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