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Church of St. Francis of Assisi at Ripa Grande

Piazza San Francesco d'Assisi 88 | zona Trastevere, 00153 Rome, Italy (Trastevere)
06 5819020
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Ranked #161 of 725 attractions in Rome
Type: Historic Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals, Religious Sites
Description: Built in 1231 by the Franciscans, this church is dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi and still serves as a place of worship today.
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The Villages, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

The main reason we made the effort (twice as it was closed the first time) to visit this church was Bernini's statue "Ecstasy of Beata Ludovica Albertoni" . It is indeed an incredible sculpture. You are no longer allowed to take pictures of it. It is similar to his "St. Teresa in Ecstasy". St. Francis of Assisi lived in an... More

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Rome, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

This church didn't look like much from the outside, but we were doing a walk through Trastevere in late October 2013 so we wandered in and found it to be a rather pretty church, and it was also rather quiet so you could sit and reflect in peace. It contains a statue of the blessed Ludovia Albertoni by the sculptor... More

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Rome, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

This is a typical and pretty church in the heart of Trastevere. We were surprised it contained a Bernini gem, a statue of Ludovia Albertoni, a very emotional statue similar to his more famous Ecstasy of Saint Teresa. We also discovered that the great Italian artist Giorgio de Chirico is buried here. If you are walking through the lovely Trastevere... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Two reasons to visit here: St. Francis of Assisi's cell and Bernini's famous sculpture of Beata Ludovica Albertoni (which is striking and beautiful). If you are walking in Trastevere, do drop in.

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Bathurst, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Not a church where'll you linger long. You'll come here mainly for the Bernini statue, but add other interesting churches in Trastevere (S. Cecilia in Trastevere and S. Maria in Trastevere) for a pleasant morning or afternoon.

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Jackson, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

This little church is located in the Trastevere neighborhood. The Tomb of the blessed Ludovica Albertoni sculpted by Bernini is located in a chapel on the left side of the transept near the main alter. It is I think Bernini's last piece. It is amazing, especially when seen in natural lighting like Bernini had planned.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

A lovely priest let me use the loo in this church when we sheltered from the rain after checking out of our nearby apartment with time to kill before the taxi collected us for the airport transfer. Quite a different welcome from York Minster an extremely officious warden wouldn't let me in to the Sunday service because I was too... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

There really is only one reason (but it is a very good one) for making the effort to track down this church, which lies in an unfrequented corner of Trastevere, and that is Bernini's magnificent sculpture of the Blessed Ludovica Albertoni. Most people are familiar with his portrayal of Santa Teresa in the church of Santa Maria della Vittoria, but... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

This church is renowned because it was visited by Saint Francis of Assisi, and within its walls is one of Bernini's great works--his sculpture of Beata Ludovica Albertoni. We were really surprised on our most recent visit that photographs of the statue are no longer permitted, and the church attendant was more than adamant about this. Perhaps people were too... More

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

This attractive Baroque church in Trastevere holds Bernini's last masterpiece, the Blessed Ludovica Albertoni. He captures the death of this holy woman from fever; she faces her maker with a look of transcendence familiar to lovers of Bernini's St. Teresa in Ecstasy. This is simpler than that work (he was obviously paid less here) but is possibly more human and... More

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