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Chiesa del Gesu

Piazza del Gesu | Via degli Astalli 16, Rome, Italy
+39 06 69 70 01
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Ranked #20 of 688 attractions in Rome
Type: Religious Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
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Prague, Czech Republic
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

The baroque church with a tomb of St Ignatius is fine, however, those interested in his life and legacy should visit a small apartment next door where St Ignatius died in 1556. It is free of charge (a part of the Jesuit house, I guess), you can visit his office and a bedroom that has been transformed into a small... More

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Rome, Italy
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268 reviews 268 reviews
126 attraction reviews
177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

I love this church. Not only is it the mother church of the Jesuits, but it holds some magnificent works of art that are worth seeing. My favorite is the ceiling ("The Triumph of the Name of Jesus"). To make gazing at the ceiling easier, the church usually has a mirror set up at just the right location. As a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

I visited here in 2009, when my nephew was touring Italy with his school choir. They had a performance at St. Peter's on New Year's Day, but this was even better. They had a "concert for the city" featuring American Spirituals. The church was filled with Romans who had come to hear this choir of forty perform. It was a... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Too dark. I missed the impressive art. There are more beautiful churches in Rome than this one. Perhaps it's so dark due to dirt and dust during the years.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

This church is Baroque in style. The huge painting on the ceiling appears to be 3 D. The Jesuit church was built in the mid 1550's. Ignatius of Loyola was a Spanish knight from a Basque noble family and a priest. He founded the Jesuit Society and is buried in this church. It is about a 10 minute walk from... More

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Durham, North Carolina
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

To heck with Michaelangelo this ceiling tops it! I just about pulled a muscle in my neck looking up! The trompe loi and the 3 dimensional fresco that goes beyond the borders of the plasterwork is a masterpiece.This ceiling stands out above ALL others and that includes the 500+ i've seen in churches and palaces. God let us see just... More

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Thame, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

In comparison to many other historic buildings in Rome this Church looks rather unremarkable on the outside but when you step inside it is filled with the most wonderful works of art and the ceiling is just breathtaking. Definitely worth adding to your list of places to see in Rome.

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Edmonds, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

I love walking in and gazing up at the ceiling, the painted and ornate characters spilling from its edges. And who can resist seeing a nun flog heretics? (down the left side, next to St Ignatius's tomb). Baroque on steroids.

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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

We were just passing by this curch and decided to enter, as it was raining. We were so surprised to see the statues, the ceiling, and all the paintings that were kindly presented and explained by one of the guides there. The corner painting on the arcs ar particularly impressive.

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Bethesda, MD
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This church has such beautiful and impressive art. It is stunning. We were there just before sunset, and the sunlight came streaming in from the front, hitting the altar - spectacular! We stayed for a long time, and to our surprise, the painting on the side altar dropped down to reveal a glimmering statue behind it! Awesome. This church held... More

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