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Church of San Luigi dei Francesi

Via Santa Giovanna d'Arco 5, 00186 Rome, Italy
+39 6 688271
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Ranked #6 of 727 attractions in Rome
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals
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... more » 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. « less
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Capitola, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The Caravaggio's in this church are fabulous. Unfortunately, in July I tried to go 4 times and it was always closed. What's up with that!!!

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

You must see these paintings. It is easy to stop by, as it is placed between the pantheon and piazza navona.

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Qawra, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I am a Caravaggio fan - have been to this church many times and never tire of going there over and over again. also well taken care of.

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Nis, Serbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I guess people go there to see Caravaggio paintings. Besides them, it is pretty ordinary church and nothing spectacular inside. Some basillicas (like Pressede) are 10 times worth the visit. But if you are near by, why not go inside.

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LA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Calling of St. Matthew, Inspiration of St. Matthew & Martyrdom of St. Matthew - 3 masterpieces by Caravaggio in one unassuming Baroque church! Need I say more? Amazing!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

Everyone goes to the church to see the three paintings of Caravaggio which are absolutely breathtaking, but what made my visit special was a free guided tour by French theologian in French, since this is a French church. Hearing about the construction of altar pieces and the history of France and its religion made me see the church in a... More

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New York, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The paintings, architecture were inspiring, and it is convenient to Trevi, Pantheon and Piazza Navonna and can be seen along the way.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Came in for a quick peak at the Caravaggio and while it was stunning, the church in its entirety is absolutely beautiful. Well worth a quick stop in to view some magnificent art.

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Orlando, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Don't skip this if you are walking nearby - worth the stop. Make sure you have a few coins with you as the artwork is very dark if the light is not on. 1 euro gives you about 5 minutes of light and it does the work justice.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

We ended up with some time to kill near the Pantheon, looked up what was nearby and came up with this church. This was on an evening following a visit to St Peter's, so obviously the comparison is tough, but this church is beautiful, and it has three Caravaggio paintings. Well worth the time.

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