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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 720 attractions in Rome
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals
Owner description: Closed on Thurdays!.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 Thurdays!.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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Galway, Ireland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

Went here to see the 3 Caravaggio's and was overawed by the experience, the rest of the church is well worth seeing as well.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

The church is absolutely gorgeous on the inside. The ceiling is quite awe inspiring but the real sight to see are the Caravaggio paintings. Remember to have change so that you can light the paintings for a better view and for pictures.

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Buckie
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

San Luigi was among my favourite churches in Rome (the others being The Gesu and Sant Andrea della Valle) and not just because of the Caravaggios. They are spectacular of course and draw the crowds. You can spend a euro to light them up or let someone else in another group do it. They are all splendid but I think... More

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Rome, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

This church houses 3 of Caravaggio's best paintings on the life of Saint Matthew. This church has stricter hours than other churches in Rome and you need to pay to illuminate the paintings.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Go for Caravaggio's St. Matthew cycle in the Contarelli Chapel -- you must see these paintings, in their originally intended place. It can be quite a challenge to visit when it's not crowded. I visit in the winter just so I can have a shot at some quiet, alone time with paintings like these. I have also visited on Christmas... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Three of the great Caravaggio's are in this stunning church dedicated to the Virgin and St Louis IX. It's also the place where Martin Luther stayed in Rome while on trial.

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Burnie, Tasmania, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

The Calling Of St. Matthew, my favorite of his paintings lies inside this beautiful church. The whole cycle of St. Matthew is worth seeing. Make sure you have some 1 euro coins for the light box!

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Chorzow, Poland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

In this church I first saw one of the stupidest ideas on earnings. You need to pay an € to light the painting of Caravaggio for a one minute. Really? I have a proposition for churches like this- pay 2 pray! Interest of the millennium! But back to topic, church is nice, but tricks like this make this place frivolous.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Amazed because we discovered that in this small church, few meters far from Piazza Navona is a Caravaggio paint inside !

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Besides his paintings there is not much more to see and I really felt it is not ok to expect a fee for this. Take a flashlight with you:D

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