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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 730 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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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

This is the church of the French in Rome, dedicated to St. Louis, King of the French. Inside are memorials to various Frenchmen, such as the artist Claude Lorraine, who is buried there, and Joan of Arc, as well as numerous others. It's an ornate, large Baroque church, with much to catch the eye. Make sure to see the lovely... More

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Harbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Whether you are religious or not you can't knock the churches and the art that they contain. For me this particular trip became a bit of a Caravaggio hunt. To be able to walk into a church and just see one of the greatest artists ever work is just wonderful.

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Chiddingfold, Surrey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Be sure to wear appropriate clothing, i.e. no shorts and shoulders covered. Fantastic paintings. Located between Piazza Navona and the Pantheon Square.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Rome is the perfect place if you want to visit churches ... a few hundred years old church is at every corner! I discovered the San Luigi as I was moving from one Piazza to another ... not the oldest or most beautiful however definitely worth seeing.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

It's that simple, even if you are on a limited time, that is where you should go. It may not fall into your stereotypical what-people-immidietly-think-of-when-they-think-of-Rome, but it will make your jaw drop.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Near the Piazza Navona, and not far from the Giolitti gelateria, is this church, the national church of the French (Francesi) in Rome. Inside are chapels filled with fine paintings. The most famous are by Caravaggio, the stormy personality who had new ideas about conveying the drama of religious subjects. He often used spotlighting to emphasize the stories, and painted... More

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Karlskrona, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This small and difficult to find church about midway between Pza Navona and Pantheon is my favourite in Rome. It is beautifully decorated with gold and marble - all in the shape of French lillies. Plus there are the famous Caravaggio paintings.

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Rijswijk, Holland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The three Caravaggios are worth the visit to this church. Make sure that you put some coins in the machine, otherwise you will miss the beauty of these great paintings (watch the dirty feet of St. Matthew). Don't forget to see the tomb of Pauline de Beaumont (first chapel on the left), mistress of Chateaubriand.

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Londres, Royaume-Uni
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

A 'must' for anyone who likes Caravaggio. Take along coins to operate the lights - try to take it in turns with other art lovers!

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Santa Cruz, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This church is beautiful, like many in Rome. But the Caravaggio paintings are a must see. They are in the far right hand corner as you walk in. Bring some coins to view the paintings. They have a metered light box that turns on the lights over the paintings. Not sure how long per Euro. We fed the box a... More

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