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“A wonderful masterpiece and speaks volumes of Christianity” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chiesa del Gesu e dei Santi Ambrogio e Andrea

Chiesa del Gesu e dei Santi Ambrogio e Andrea
Piazza Giacomo Matteotti, 16121 Genoa, Italy (Piazza De Ferrari)
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Ranked #11 of 141 Attractions in Genoa
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
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Warsaw, Poland
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“A wonderful masterpiece and speaks volumes of Christianity”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

It is a church of Jesus. It is located in Liguria in Italy and a wonderful tourist attraction. It is located in the city centre as is a major tourist spot. The church’s façade was completely rebuilt in the second half of 19th century. It is also called as the Church of Jesus and the saints Ambrogio and Andrea. Holy masses are conducted in mornings and late afternoons. Masses are also conducted on Sunday evenings. There are four chapels and each has its own history, which is magnificent place to visit and know the history. The chandeliers made of bronze are yet another masterpiece. Highly recommended and a must visit when you are in Italy.

Visited November 2013
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“Beautiful inside and out!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

The outide of the church is beautiful enough to catch your attention, but stepping in will take your breath away with the magnificent frescoes and delightful architecture. Take the time to admire the details. The Baroque style inside is at its best in this monumental building

Visited June 2013
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Genoa, Italy
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“Beautiful Art and a Lovely Church!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

This is a beautiful and peacful church in the centerof the city and really worth a visit! Here we are surrounded by magnificent paintings by such famous artists as Reubens, Simon Vouet, Guido Reni, Andrea Pozzo. There are also many beautiful frescoes found in the cupola and ceiling. Everywhere you look this beauty beckons you, enriches you as you sit quietly absorbing it all.

The Circumcision of Christ perched above the main altar is very stricking. This masterpiece by Ruebens evokes all the pain & helplessness felt by the Madonna as she looks away with obvious sorrow at the pain being inflicted on her newly born. As is always the case with Reubens, the luminosity of his faces contrast with the depth of color in his garments, & his ability to command your attention is most impressive.

Another Reubens is St. Ignatius Heals an Obsessed. Here, it is forceful movement & power that is evoked. Then there is Simon Volute’s most striking Crucifixion. Here the radiance emanating from the figure of the dying or dead Christ is such a stark contrast to the darkness that envelops the rest of the painting.

Guido Reni's Assumption amid the Twelve Apostles is also a splendid work of art with such emotional & descriptive detail.

It was the Jesuits, upon their arrival in Genoa, who started the Church in 1589 & in 1592 the Archbishop was able to bless the base structure in the form of a Cross, but it would take another 40 years to complete the Church. The style is that of the period:
Baroque. The Jesuits maintained that the ebullience & exuberance found in the Baroque best depicted the fact that the life of a Christian is always in continuous movement. Enjoy this lovely church. Like most churches in Genova they are open in the morning 8-12 (sometime 1pm) and reopen in the afternoon 3:30-7pm. Gesu is very specific that they do not want visitors during mass services-please respect.

Visited January 2013
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“Early 17th century church with outstanding frescoes.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

Rubens, Reni, Pozzo, Vouet and the greates artists of the Genoese school were commissioned for the frescoes and alter pieces in this church builting in the form of a Latin cross.

Visited April 2012
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Genoa, Italy
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“Church of Gesu with beautiful Art!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2010

The Church of Gesu is a beautiful example of Genoese Baroque, well preserved and with some excellent art work. The church is just down the steps from the big fountain at Piazza de Ferrari in Piazza Matteotti and it's open Monday-Saturday from 8am to noon. They strongly discourage visitors during Sunday's mass. The church was originally built in the 6th century and reconstructed in the 16th century. There is a very informative marque just inside the church which explains how the two alter pieces by Rubens came to reside in the church. At the main alter, see Rubens the Circumcision and to the left in the middle of the church you can see his Miracle of St. Ignatius. Also represented is a beautiful alter piece by Guido Reni, the Assumption and don't miss the carved marble Navitity scene. This is truly a stunning church and well worth a visit.

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