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Church of San Luigi dei Francesi

Piazza San Luigi de' Francesi, 00186 Rome, Italy
06 688271
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Ranked #6 of 742 Attractions in Rome
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Falls Church VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

There were many interesting things to see, but the three paintings were fabulous. Unfortunately the electric light for the pictures was not working so we had to do what they don't like, use a flash to get a picture.

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scotch plains, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

The church has several of Carravaggio's paintings in a corner - you have to put a coin in the box the lights to go on - a must -see for an art lover.

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Chanhassen, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Great Church to see. Very mystical. See St. Francesca's remains beneath and behind the altar. Walk up the stairs to the elevated altar (it is allowed), and then walk down the stairs on the side walls. You won't regret it.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Recent restoration so everything is beautiful. There are three fantastic Caravaggio paintings in a chapel in front to the left of the altar.

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Erie PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We went to San Luigi dei Francesi expressly for the Carravaggio paintings which were not a disappointment. You have to be prepared with coins to light the paintings.

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Centreville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Not far from Piazza Navona is this gem of a church for the French speaking community of Rome. Our teenage son claimed he was churched out, but he changed his tune when we entered and could glimpse the opulent interior and the three magnificent paintings by the mannerist master Caravaggio. Illustrating episodes from the life of St. Matthew , the... More

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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

This has been the church of the French community in Rome for centuries, full of fine art and history. Too much to recount here. There are often free evening concerts given (especially in late Spring), so if you don't go to Mass, catch a concert to see everything lit up. It's right in the center of the Centro, by the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This place has some beautiful paintings by Caravaggio I would not want to miss. The building itself is covered in gold, marble, and gorgeous paintings. I can't wait to go back.

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Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

If you admire the dark and magnificent paintings of Caravaggio you absolutely have to visit this church. The 3 paintings are in the back of the church at the left site. There is no entrance fee. Don't give any money to the people who stand at the entrance, holding a little basked. They are beggars. In front of the paintings... More

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El Paso, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

A short walk from Plazza Navona. In the church are three superlative Caravaggio paintings on the subject of St. Matthew. The place in front of the paintings can be crowded at times, but soon enough one always finds oneself alone with the paintings. Being a fan of Caravvagio's works, this was at the top of my list of places to... More

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