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Chiesa del Gesu

#33 of 1,034 things to do in Rome
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Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori
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Address: Piazza del Gesu | Via degli Astalli, 16, 00186 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: +39 06 69 70 01
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Jesuits' mother church

The Chiesa del Gesu is the mother church of the Society of Jesus, better known as the Jesuits. The church is in baroque style and as one might expect,of the Jesuits, it is truly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Jeffry B
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Chiesa del Gesu is the mother church of the Society of Jesus, better known as the Jesuits. The church is in baroque style and as one might expect,of the Jesuits, it is truly magnificent. The church is also the resting place of St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order. The Jesuits led the Counter Reformation. This grand... More 

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Try and go in daylight hours to really appreciate the ceiling. In the evening it doesn't have the same 'wow' effect. We returned for the third time at the 4pm opening, the lights were switched off within 10 minutes but we had time to note the difference it made.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stumbled into this church only to be completely stunned by the ceiling. It has a trompe l'oeil effect at it really looks like heaven has broken through the plaster work. It was spell binding.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great choice even if you dont like churches, couse it isnot boring at all. The masterpiece of baroque, everything glitters. Easy to reach, it is in the center of Rome, worth a visit.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having parents that sacrificed for me to have their idea of a perfect education, I ended up gaining from 8 years of tutelage under the Jesuits. Reverence for the Gesu was part of that tradition. This architectural masterpiece reminds one of the Society of Jesus' commitment to excellence.

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This big church was the first Jesuit Church to be built in center of Rome and is a model for Jesuit's Church everywhere; it's a very hug dome; here is the tomb of the orders founder , St. Ignatius, a Jesuit missionary; his tomb is topped by a hug of lapis lazuli, which will represented the earth. Near a park... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2016

The historical value of the Jesuits (Society of Jesus) aside. This is an absolutely gorgeous church. It has an audiovisual display and tons of artwork. You know Michelangelo offered to design this church for free. This unassuming church shouldn`t be missed. Rome has so much of this.

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Biscarrosse, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

On a visit to Rome, you cannot fail to visit this church which, in terms of architecture/design was ground-breaking. Recorded choral music is played at certain times to heighten the overall effect.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

The mother church of the Jesuits was built between 1568-80 and is located in Piazza del Gesu in the historical center of Rome.The façade is known for being the first truly Baroque in style. The most striking feature of the interior with four chapels and transepts on both sides of the nave is the ceiling fresco "Triumph of the Name... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

Very close to Piazza Navona, Pantheon and Campo de Fiori. Which can be an advantage, but also a downside (can get easily overlooked). But it's a pity to walk by and not enter for a couple of moments. Beautiful art, beautiful atmosphere.

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