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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 688 attractions in Rome
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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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Rome, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

wide paintings by Caravaggio are extraordinary, don't miss the visit, and have some coins to light them

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Everyone basically just goes here for the Caravaggio paintings. The church is also nice but the paintings are just great. Very worth visiting.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Provided someone keeps feeding the lights meter, these pictures are not to be missed, the books don't do them justice.

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Tehran
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

we was there in the evening of a rainy day (note it's closed on Thursdays).it was dark inside and at the left corner there was a chapel that needed a coin to turn on the light.and after that,it was just breath taking! 3 Caravaggio famous paintings together.don't miss it at all.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

3 magnificient painting by Caravaggio: Calling of St Matthew St Matthew and the Angel Martyrdom of St Matthew

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

No other way to put it -- the beauty and technical ability to create such amazing ceilings, paintings, and everything here is unbelievable. Worth a stop even if just to see the deeply moving caravaggio paintings. Don't forget to look up, often - a knockout.

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Bethesda, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Church itself is pretty enough, but the big draw here is the Caravaggio trio. Steps from Piazza Navona, zoom in and admire Rome's greatest artist in the first commission that enabled him to make a name for himself.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

We always go to see the Caravaggio paintings but if you can go during the evening, sometimes you can catch music being played and the church is lit up so you can see the spectacular ceilings.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

An exquisite church right off the Piazza Navona. The Caravaggio of St. Matthew's calling is striking. Others have mentioned a queue to see it; I went in the early morning and there was no line, and only a small handful of other visitors. And don't wait for others to light up the chapel, do it yourself; the small donation goes... More

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Yeovil
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

This church has a stunning interior with some fine marble work. The highlight though is of course the three Caravaggio's hung in the fifth chapel on the left - make sure you have a spare Euro coin to illuminate the works which then really come to life.

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