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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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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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Beautiful Church

We came for the Caravggios, and SO glad we did. It is breathtaking. Very peaceful and I will definitely be back-wonnderful experience.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We came for the Caravggios, and SO glad we did. It is breathtaking. Very peaceful and I will definitely be back-wonnderful experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We actually came across this church by accident. It's a wee St.Peter's like. We were impressed by the architecture and the individual pews/small places of worship for different saints. Stunning artwork etc. a must see; you won't be disappointed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The place is superb and good for persons who love paintings. I would love to celebrate Mass there. It is a place of worship

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Here you'll see the Contarelli Chapel, where Caravaggio made his reputation as Rome's newest bright light for his dramatic lighting and down to earth figures. Not far away in the interior is a chapel painted by Domenichino, a slightly younger artist with a completely different use of color and light, but a similar interest in making things seem convincing, showing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Our second church on a cold rainy fall Rome day. Security was tight all through the area as the Paris attacks had occurred just two weeks earlier. There was no one there in the early morning hours. To see suck spectacular works of art in a side chapel to a quiet church makes one realize how rich in culture Italy... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed the peace and serenity of the place and the energy. One must visit the place to really have that special experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This church might not be one of the main Basilicas, but it really is nice for a visit. It has nice paintings, but the trio of Caravaggio"s paintings on the left side (St Mathew`s Chapel) are certainly a must. In particular, The Vocation of St. Matthew deserves the visit. The church is just a block from Piazza Navona

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This church is amazing a must visit! The interiors are beautiful with lovely paintings and carvings!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I could visit this church daily and not get tired of it. Take your time here. It's not that there is a lot to see, there is a lot to take in. Let your eye wander and you will discover small gems. Once you are done feasting your eyes, then head over to see Caravaggio in all his glory: art... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The great paintings of Caravaggio all in one chapel in they lovely church between Pantheon and Piazza Navona

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