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Church of St. Louis of the French

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Address: Piazza San Luigi de' Francesi, 00186 Rome, Italy
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+39 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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Three Caravaggio's make this worth a visit

Yes there are a lot of churches to visit in Rome, and you can become a bit "churched out", but I view this a must see because of the three Caravaggio's.

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Kent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Yes there are a lot of churches to visit in Rome, and you can become a bit "churched out", but I view this a must see because of the three Caravaggio's.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you're a fan of this phenomenal artist, don't miss this church! The painting is beautiful and well worth seeing! It's all free to get inside :D

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

CHURCH OF ST LOUIS OF THE FRENCH is a beautiful church that you will pass if your walking from Piazza Navona towards the Pantheon and is yet another beautiful church in this most gorgeous of cities. I had read up about the amazing architecture of Rome before starting my weeks holiday and first visit to the eternal city but no... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A must see in Rome with his Caravaggio paintings vocazione di San Matteo ,in the heart of Rome surrounded by history all over

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely this church has inside one of the most amazing masterpieces of the world with a chapel completely painted by Caravaggio. Dedicated to the saint of the french, is a very beautiful place to go if you are near the Pantheon or the Palace of the Senate (Palazzo Madama).

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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you happen to be in the immediate vicinity, sure go in. Otherwise, skip it. If you have already been to Paris or other parts of France, you have probably seen a similar church. Would not make this a priority.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely Paintings, Quiet and Cool to reflect and to absorb all the architecture, and murals. You must be suitably dressed, with shoulders and arms covered, as a church representative is at the door.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

As many of the other reviews have stated, the main draw to this church are the three paintings of St Matthew by Caravaggio in one of the chapels along the inside of this church. While these are great, take the time to look around the rest of the church, as like in just about every other church in Rome, there... More 

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This is a beautiful church whose beauty is not exhausted by the three wonderful Caravaggio in the St Mathew chapel. The paintings are however wonderful, especially the Conversion of St Mathew. Leave yourself a lot of time to appreciate these.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This church is not as big or well known as others but inside is the Contarelli Chapel. The chapel houses 3 beautiful paintings by Caravaggio.

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