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Church of San Luigi dei Francesi

Address: Piazza San Luigi de' Francesi, 00186 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: 06 688271
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Ranked #5 of 723 Attractions in Rome
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Closed on Thursdays! The famous painter Caravaggio (1573-1610) was...
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Type: Religious Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Fri - Wed 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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.
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

I was lucky enough to find the church on my way to somewhere of room.. I didn't understand why there were so many tourists in the little space.. then once the light was on, I saw those master pieces.. I am so glad I went in and witness of the beauty..

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France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Such a lovely church with three Caraveggio paintings. Well worth a visit. Between Piazza Navona and Campo del Fiori

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Rabat, Malta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

This beautiful church is a must visit in Rome. Locates just a five minute walk away from Piazza Navona, it contains Caravaggio's works on the life of St. Matthew. Beautifully decorated.

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

San Luigi dei Francesi is easily a top ten, likely a top five church of Rome. It is still in operation for the French community in the area, and houses some absolutely spectacular artwork. Their 'collection' (I say it as such because I don't really consider the church as having a collection, instead having more of a structure of artworks)... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The Caravaggio paintings here are the reason for a visit to this church. They are absolutely amazing. Hard to photograph, although they do allow it. But the lighting is not cooperative. So just stand and gaze and absorb these inspiring works of art. The church is lovely too - but it is the Caravaggio paintings that you MUST see.

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Seattle area
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Not a place on every agenda, but spectacular basilica that includes three masterpieces by Caravaggio, portraying scenes from the life of St Mathews. These are wonders of art with vibrant colors and dramatic presentation. Believer, or non-believer, the artistic impression is incredible. While dated from the 16th century, the church is beautiful with a fantastic ceiling. Put this one n... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

The Caravaggio's are close to his best. Easily accessible, bring a euro coin to see them well lighted

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Halfway between Piazza Navona and the Pantheon so no reason not to visit. This church was amazing. Like most churches in Italy, the plain frontage hides the sumptuous interior. Extensive use of guiling in the ceiling and archways plus the light from the high windows creates a richly ornate and spiritual interior. This church also has a wonderful dome with... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This is a lovely church half way between the Pantheon and the Pza Navona. The real treat is the three Caravaggios in the side chapel

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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Unfortunately the church is almost always packed ever since Caravaggio has become a super star. All the same this church which is home to the French community in the Holy city, could also be considered the first home of modern art. The Contarelli Chapel that is the name of the chapel where the Caravaggio's are displayed. I suggest one takes... More 

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