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Church of St. Louis of the French

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Address: Piazza San Luigi de' Francesi, 00186 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: 06 688271
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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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The church has some stunning marble works, some of the best in the history of sculpture, where shapes and figures are sculpted so delicately that they appear as if real or made of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The church has some stunning marble works, some of the best in the history of sculpture, where shapes and figures are sculpted so delicately that they appear as if real or made of silk, Once inside go to the left side and you will be able to admire three original Caravaggio paintings you probably saw on books and catalogues all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I absolutely love visiting churches especially when they're as spectacular as this. The artwork here is simply breathtaking as is the gold work on the ceiling. I highly advise once you've walked around to just sit in one of the pews and appreciate the church for its beauty

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Take your time to watch, to read and to enjoy the beauty of this magnificent paintings of the great master! And do this in the morning, because at night there is always a crowd ;-) and it is free!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Of all the churches we visited, this was my personal favorite. Majestic architecture, stunning artwork at every altar inside, especially the one altar that holds the paintings of Caravaggio. Simply stunning!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Piazza Navona has a beautiful fountain in its centre and lots of cafes, restaurants and shops on the periphery. There are artists selling their drawings and paintings of this landmark and others, others selling scarfs and of course others selling selfie sticks and water. You can sit on the many benches scattered around the Piazza and observe the beautiful fountain's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Another great church. Spanish steps are located here, under repair so we could not climb them. Close to Metro station

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Artwork in the setting for which it was designed always has an advantage over that in a gallery. So when you have the opportunity to visit a chapel containing not one, not two, but three paintings by Caravaggio therein, you really should take it. The St Matthew series is profound, and a marked contrast from the paintings of the previous... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well worth a visit pantheon amazing lovely little shops and bars and there's a lady singing in the square who was incredible

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great place for art lovers!!! great view of the paintings, not so many people, you must see it!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This church is closely located to Pantheon (and Piazza Navona) and several other worthy churches: Gesu, Santa Maria Sopra Minerva ans St. Ignacio di Loyola. Due to recent events in France this church is under heavy protection from Italian army. The true masterpiece is Caravaggio's Life of St. Matthew (3 paintings). Also, there's a prayer place dedicated to the recently... More 

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