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Church of San Luigi dei Francesi

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Address: Piazza San Luigi de' Francesi, 00186 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: 06 688271
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Description: Closed on Thursdays! The famous painter Caravaggio (1573-1610) was...
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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Do not miss this for the Caravaggio's.

This french church is beautiful inside ( like most churches in Rome) but what makes it really special is the housing of three of Caravaggio's greatest works. Not to be missed.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

This french church is beautiful inside ( like most churches in Rome) but what makes it really special is the housing of three of Caravaggio's greatest works. Not to be missed.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

This beautiful church is really unexpected. It's on the way to piaza navona and not easy to find. Donìt miss it, it will give you an idea of the grandeur and beaty that roman churches preserve.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Great Caravaggio paintings. Check out the schedule on internet. They have a long closing time at midday.

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Leuven, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

- You walk in, turn to your left and see a crowd of people all standing before the Contarelli Chapel, housing 3 masterpieces of Caravaggio. Due to the central location of this church, there is no reason at all not to come in and admire the works. - It isn't too hard though to reach the ballustrade, and be able... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Although San Luigi dei Francesi is dedicated to France and to its glories - like Charlemagne, King Saint Louis and Sainte Clotilde - this church is worldwide known for the three astonishing masterpieces of Caravaggio hosted in its Contarelli Chapel. The vocation of Saint matthew, Saint Matthew and the angel, and the martyrdom of Saint Matthew. Located closely the magnificent... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This church is visited by many because it has a chapel with three paintings by Caravaggio. I love baroque art, and I could stand and look at Caravaggio's "Calling of St. Mathew" for hours. It's just an amazing masterpiece!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

San Luigi dei Francesi is the French church in Rome that contains two of the greatest Caravaggios in the city. A few steps from Piazza Navona, I always drop in for a visit just to see the paintings in the two chapels in the back on the left. You only need a few euro coins to turn on the lights... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

This church was a bit crowded when we stopped in (we tried on a Thursday and it was closed). You do need to pay for the lights to come on to see the paintings. There was enough of a crowd that the lights stayed on long enough I never saw how much you had to put in.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Finally got to see Carravagio's "The Call of Matthew"-awesome!! Church hours can be difficult but can be worked into a visit to Trevi Fountain.

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Lancashire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Quite wonderful. Very special to be able to view Caravaggio's original work for real. Worth waiting for the church to open!

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