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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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Caravaggio pieces are phenomenal. The church itself is great, but really, it's all about the Caravaggios. Three masterpieces, and all you need to see them is one euro (for the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Caravaggio pieces are phenomenal. The church itself is great, but really, it's all about the Caravaggios. Three masterpieces, and all you need to see them is one euro (for the lights), or the patience to wait for someone else to pony up the euro. It's very crowded around the Caravaggios though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Like many of these churches San Luigi is one of the best for art work. I had never been here before, but would surly try to get back one more time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Incredible sculpture and renaissance art! Be sure to check out the cherubs holding up the choir loft in the back. Loved the spectacular arches and spiral stair leading to the lecturn. Take the time to stop in!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

If there wouldn't be the Caravaggio paintings few would visit it as the church is quite average and even a bit dark. I suggest to go and give a visit to the church of S. Maria degli Angeli which is wonderful: very clean, perfectly illuminated during the functions and well kept. There is also a wonderful perk: with a bit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

You have to see the chapel with the Caravaggios and there is another one at nearby Sant Augustino. No charge except for the lights. This is the church for the French in Rome so some nice cafes nearby.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Really lovely church, now most famous for three Caravaggio's, in a side chapple, depicting the life of St. Matthew. Breathtaking!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

It's massive on the outside and incredible inside. Remain quiet and walk around looking at the art work and statues and the paintings. It's incredible.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

The church is located 2 blocks away from the plaza Navone. The church is beautiful outside. Inside, you can see Caravaggio paintings.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

There are Caravaggio's of St. Matthew's life and it's nearby the church of Sant'Agostino and the Pantheon.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Then again, perhaps it has to do with the ambivalence of his paintings, which, though covering famous religious subjects, do not exactly inspire faith, either because of the dramatic content - decapitations, crucifixions, depositions from the cross, etc. - or because Caravaggio often used his friends as models, including prostitutes, card sharps, and other folk of dubious morals.

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