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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 #16 of 726 attractions in Rome
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

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 NEW 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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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We set aside one day in Rome to just walk around and see mainly churches. There are two I'd highly recommend if you are visiting Pantheon (where Raphael is entombed). I recommend Gesu and St. Loyola, both Jesuit churches. Gesu is not only breathtaking but if you make it there before 5:30 pm take a seat in the pew and... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The elaborate Baroque painting and decoration are well worth the visit. A large, angled mirror on a stand lets you gaze at the ceiling without getting a kink in your neck. However, with a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, N.S. in our party, the main attraction here was the chapel devoted to St. Francis Xavier which prominently... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 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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Herzlia, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The ceiling is breathtaking. Lots of marvelous statues and painting all around the big church, which is right in the city center. Highly recommended.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We were walking to the Colosseum and literally almost walked passed this wonderful Jesuit church, I am so thankful that we didn't. As we walked inside and were amazed at the beauty of this chiesa. Being my first time in Italy, I guess I wasn't expecting the magnificence of it all and it took my breath away. The Baroque style... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Rising early for a change, I visited the Gesu at just after 6.45am. It was already quite lively with those coming to worship. As a tourist, I felt a little out of place but it was also rather special too. I kept quiet and took a few discreet pictures of the astonishing ceiling - almost 3D in effect with plaster... More

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Bondi, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

A must see when walking in Rome it's not so obvious and you can walk past if your in conversation. Worth a visit for the frescoes and sculptures.

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