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Church of San Luigi dei Francesi

Piazza San Luigi de' Francesi, 00186 Rome, Italy
06 688271
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Ranked #5 of 680 Attractions in Rome
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
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Owner description: 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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Jarvenpaa, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

St Mathew in three paintings. During the evening service (vesper) lovely vocal music in live. Good postcards.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

This is the church to go to if you like the painter, and the Calling of St Matthew is simply amazing. Always try and come here when in Rome as admire Caravaggio tremendously, pure drama! Do go down the road to St Agostino for his Madonna of Loreto, if you are also a fan, as the church is so pretty... More

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new york
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Any fan of Caravaggio must visit this church to see three of his finest works. They are simply spectacular. Make sure you bring some one euro coins to light the paintings. You's be surprised at how many people stand in front of a darkened chapel because they won't part with a euro. Light the chapel and drink in the beauty... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

We visited this church during our private tour with Vivi from Rome Private Guides. We loved the incredible paintings by Caravaggio. The story of St. Matthew came back to life. The church is an art treasure . Do not miss this church when in Rome

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Winter Park, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

There is nothing to dislike in the chapel with the three dramatic Caravaggio paintings. They are some of the master's best work. The church, built in the Baroque period by French merchants working in Rome, is dedicated to the French national patron saint, St. Louis of Toulouse. You don't need any directions to find the chapel because there is nearly... More

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Denbighshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Very simple on the outside but a shockingly stunning view inside. so many paintings and pieces to look at, it is a must see. The Italians do this so much better than anyone else.

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Philadelphia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

There are many beautiful altars and paintings in this church but the most important art on display are a series of magnificent Caravaggio paintings depicting scenes from the life of Saint Matthew. "The calling of Saint Matthew" is an especially moving painting, but the martyrdom of the saint and his visitation by an angel while attempting to write the gospel... More

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Kassiopi, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Not much on the outside but very impressive inside. Caravaggio paintings, and everything else astoundint pieces of art.

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Turku, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The church doesn't look so promising from outside, but it hides some real masterpieces of art and shouldn't be missed.There are no entrance fees into the churches in Rome, but you're expected to dress properly and keep your voice (and phones) down. The interior is pure fuel for your soul and joy for all your senses. I'm not into art... More

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Huntington, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

A very nice collection of beautiful paintings, and dedicated to King Louis of France, an interesting taste of the French and the cosmopolitan in a city so universally appealing to begin with!

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