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Church of St. Louis of the French

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Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori
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Address: Piazza San Luigi de' Francesi, 00186 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: 06 688271
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Fri - Wed 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Closed on Thursdays! The famous painter Caravaggio (1573-1610) was...

Closed on Thursdays! The famous painter Caravaggio (1573-1610) was commissioned to paint for this church, where in one of its chapels is his realistic naturalism in three scenes of the life of St. Matthew.

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This is a beautiful church, like so many beautiful churches in Rome. The three Caravaggio's contained inside set this apart and make it well worth any extra effort it takes to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a beautiful church, like so many beautiful churches in Rome. The three Caravaggio's contained inside set this apart and make it well worth any extra effort it takes to make a visit. Don't miss it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic paintings by Caravaggio, Italian artist extraordinaire. Dark detailed and incredibly beautiful they make this church stand out for any art lover. Fantastic to see such rich pieces of art in situ where they were designed to be views. Architecturally it's another beautiful Roman church with impressive details and handy location however for me it's all about Caravaggio. Entry is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I cannot but mention how beautiful the Caravaggios here are. The church is not far from Navona square, and it is absolutely worth the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This church is located between the Pantheon and Piazza Navona in the Piazza San Luigi de'Francesi. Here we found this jewel of french designed baroque religious edifice. The Piazza San Luigi de' Francesi is rather small and the facade of this french church instantly attracts the attention apart from the other so characteristic Rome buildings in the ochre colour, that... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This beautiful, Baroque church is in the old French area of Rome, not far from the Palazzo Farnese, the French Embassy (only open for pre-booked tours in the afternoon). It is of note primarily for the St. Matthew Cycle of paintings by Caravaggio, the quality of which paintings shine out amongst the other rather duller paintings in the various chapels,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a gorgeous church. The inside is ornate and has beautiful gold decorations. It is free to enter and a great find. A nice break from the heat as well.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Somewhere close to these famous plazas is this beautiful church which was dedicated to the French in Rome. If the outside is seemingly insignificant the interior is surprisingly beautiful with very high quality scultures and paintings, paticularly the three big one by Caravaggio. You can stay 15 minutes or an hour here easily. Excellent visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the (many) wonderful things about Roma is that you do not have to pay to go into the churches (ahem, Florence!), but are able to make a personal decision about donating to help with maintenance. This is a great thing because the churches are filled with so many artistic treasures, and having them available to the public is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this church to see the three Caravaggio's which are certainly worth seeing. We hadn't expected the church itself to be so beautiful and so quiet as there were very few people on a Wednesday mid-morning. Entry is free, but the lighting to view the paintings requires the operation of a coin in the slot meter.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the most gorgeous churches we've seen! Very quiet and relaxing inside as well- not overrun with tourists.

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