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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 725 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

Everyone goes to the church to see the three paintings of Caravaggio which are absolutely breathtaking, but what made my visit special was a free guided tour by French theologian in French, since this is a French church. Hearing about the construction of altar pieces and the history of France and its religion made me see the church in a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

The paintings, architecture were inspiring, and it is convenient to Trevi, Pantheon and Piazza Navonna and can be seen along the way.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Came in for a quick peak at the Caravaggio and while it was stunning, the church in its entirety is absolutely beautiful. Well worth a quick stop in to view some magnificent art.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Don't skip this if you are walking nearby - worth the stop. Make sure you have a few coins with you as the artwork is very dark if the light is not on. 1 euro gives you about 5 minutes of light and it does the work justice.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

We ended up with some time to kill near the Pantheon, looked up what was nearby and came up with this church. This was on an evening following a visit to St Peter's, so obviously the comparison is tough, but this church is beautiful, and it has three Caravaggio paintings. Well worth the time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Is there anything more to say? The St Mathew triptych is magnificent. I visit every time I'm in Rome.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Like so many of Rome's wonders, you could pass this church without giving it a second glance. But take a wander inside this Church of St Louis with its French connections, and after admiring it's baroque sumptuousness, the wonderful space, its fantastic ceiling and its many side alters, tiptoe to the chapel to your left of the main altar. There... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Went here to see the 3 Caravaggio's and was overawed by the experience, the rest of the church is well worth seeing as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The church is absolutely gorgeous on the inside. The ceiling is quite awe inspiring but the real sight to see are the Caravaggio paintings. Remember to have change so that you can light the paintings for a better view and for pictures.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

San Luigi was among my favourite churches in Rome (the others being The Gesu and Sant Andrea della Valle) and not just because of the Caravaggios. They are spectacular of course and draw the crowds. You can spend a euro to light them up or let someone else in another group do it. They are all splendid but I think... More

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