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Church of St. Louis of the French

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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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Piazza San Luigi de' Francesi, 00186 Rome, Italy
Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori
+39 06 688271
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Besides being a spectacularly adorned church, it contains 3 incredible Caravaggio paintings in a small chapel to the rear We came around 10 am on a weekday and was not crowded

Thank jeff b
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just happened to come across this church on our way to the Piazza Navona (Isn't that the way with everything in Rome---) and stopped in. The interior is quite dark, ostensibly to protect the artwork which adorns all the apses. While we were there, happened...More

Thank MaryKop
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visually stunning! We stumbled across the church while walking around. We spent some time sitting in the church, could have spent longer.

Thank CEM1989
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Pop into into this little church to see some great art works by Caravaggio! Church also has some amazing ceiling work. Definitely worth seeing

Thank Josh B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This church, just a short walk from the Pantheon, is free to visit and houses a truly impressive trio of Caravaggio masterpieces in a chapel, all sharing the chapel's natural light source (how cool is that!). It is a very pretty church in its own...More

Thank Phil-n-Wendy
Reviewed July 7, 2018

The Chiesa di San Luigi dei Francesi might appear to be yet another among the hundreds or thousands of overwrought Baroque churches in Rome, but it holds a special place of anyone interested in art history because of its three Caravaggio paintings centering on the...More

Thank Panajody
Reviewed June 28, 2018

This was a very nice church close to Pantheon. We heard that it is famous for Caravaggios but could not see any. Because there was only one Caravaggio copy and no another one during our visit, and it was told us the original one was...More

Thank SarpedonfromLycia
Reviewed June 27, 2018

A wonderful Baroque church with as a highlight, the three canvases of the life of St Matthew by Caravaggio. No lines, just stroll in and enjoy - fabulous.

Thank yns_10
Reviewed June 18, 2018

It was so impressive go in a church in the center of Rome and have the chance to see 3 beautiful masterpieces of one of my favourite painter Caravaggio

Thank Massimiliano V
Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

Just steps from the Pantheon, I cannot imagine having not visited this on my visit to Rome. The Caravaggio’s understandably steal the show, but take advantage of the chance to appreciate the other art (the portrait of Saint Sebastian was one of my unexpected favorites)....More

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Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori
With three of Rome’s most beloved piazzas within a
five-minute walk of each other, the
Navona/Pantheon/Campo area may be the prettiest and
most picturesque area of the city. Join the beautiful
throngs hanging out in cafes, boutiques, art
galleries, and wine bars, or peek at a neighborhood
museum or monument. If you want nonstop movida, the
streets here are busy with chic bicyclists and Vespa
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Response from kalp-51 | Reviewed this property |
There are just few steps,so one will have to lift up the wheel chair. There is no Ramp
July 4, 2015|
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Response from Christina E | Reviewed this property |
As others have already said, the church is free to visit. I would recommend attending a Mass to see the church at its best, as they light it well then. Again, to illuminate the Carravagios, there is a 1e charge slot... More