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Chiesa del Gesu

Piazza del Gesu | Via degli Astalli, 16, 00186 Rome, Italy
+39 06 69 70 01
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Ranked #15 of 730 Attractions in Rome
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
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New York City, New York
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184 reviews 184 reviews
120 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This church is the prototype for many Jesuit (and other) churches around the world. It has a nave with chapels off it, but no aisles, and a dome over the crossing of nave and transept. The original decoration was more austere as befit the mission of the learned Jesuits, but now there is a glorious ceiling painting that makes the... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This is a girgeous church and you must make sure you get there at 5.30pm on the day of your visit. that way you will not miss the free Son et Lumiere show with a great twist at the end.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

this beautiful baroque jesuit church is very easy to find it is very near the pantheon & it is very ornate inside just like most of the churches in rome . not to be missed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Jesuit Church in Rome where St. Ignatius of Loyola is buried as well as St. Francis Xavier, St. Joseph Pignatelli and other Jesuits. Be there in front of St. Ignatius altar at around 5:30 PM and be pleasantly surprised!

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

It's near to the center so you can check when you are walking the city. But in hot summer be carefull about your outfits! They are so obsessed with summer clothes, so you can't wear anything sleeveless or short, skirts... They warned me and even kicked out of the church :)

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New York, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

If you have any interest in the history of the Jesuits (I went to a Jesuit high school), visit this church. Aside from being a Baroque masterpiece, it contains the tombs of both St. Francis Xavier and St. Ignatius Loyola. Next door, you can visit the apartment where St. Ignatius lived for his last 12 years. The small rooms contain... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The Gesu Church is the mother church of the Jesuits. Starting with the exterior facade - a harmonious baroque masterpiece. The interior is beautiful. If you are in the church at 5:30 pm you are treated to a "sound and light" presentation in the side chapel with the tomb of St. Ignatius Loyola. Try to be there at this time... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

The frescos on the ceiling here are almost like an optical illusion, they are so 3D like. The statues are stunning too. Easy to miss if you are walking around trying to find other sites but make sure you stop for this one too.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

We came here as the final stop on our Ignatius of Loyola pilgrimage that started in Spain a month ago, as St. Ignatius is buried here. Very beautiful church with stunning art work. Really over the top with sculptures, marble work, etc. As in so many churches in Rome you could spend a lot of time here and still discover... More

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Burlington, ON, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I planned to go here based on the TA reviews and thank you! This was one of the most beautiful churches I've ever been to. The 3D impression of the art and frescoes and the unbelievable movement and life likeness of the marble sculptures are really the best I've seen. A very quiet church that could be easily missed in... More

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