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Piazza del Gesu | Via degli Astalli, 16, 00186 Rome, Italy
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Reviewed February 14, 2019

This Roman church is an incredible piece of architecture with significant beauty inside. It seems as you travel through Rome you pass by church after church, but when you step inside each one of these cathedrals your breathe gets taken away. Each church has its...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Christopher H
Reviewed January 27, 2019 via mobile

Compared with many of the sites in Rome, it seems quite understated from the outside. Go inside and you get an amazing wow factor. 17th century decoration, an amazing dome, and a massive altar all give this Catholic Church a sense of magnitude. Make sure...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MalcH
Reviewed January 6, 2019

We are staying in Rome for a number of weeks and so have the opportunity to go beyond the nornmal big sites. Visiting the Chiesa at 5:30pm was very interesting. Yes - its very Catholic. Blingy but worth staying for. One mention is that we...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank V2443FIphilm
Reviewed November 12, 2018

We came to Rome with very little knowledge. We knew of the main attractions such as the Colosseum and St Angelo's but not really anything else. We were out walking, seeing what we would stumble across and we came across this gem! A truly stunning...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 1, 2018

Our favorite ceiling was Il Gesu -- a riotous swirling gold frescoed spectacle that could beam you up to the heavens.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 24, 2018

Venturing out once more on my own, I found my way to Chiesa del Gesú, a16th Century Baroque Jesuit church that demonstrated how the Counter-Reformation used art to get across the anti-Protestant message. Figures on the ceiling of the nave spilled out of their gilded...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Sandy S
Reviewed October 14, 2018

A truly baroque gem! Be sure to be there at 5.30 pm when a baroque mechanism lowers a painting to expose the magnificent statue of Saint Ignatius...it is a magical moment accompanied by beautiful music and an interesting narration....so solemn

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Maria T
Reviewed October 8, 2018

This one was just amazing, after visiting a lot, and i mean a lot of different churches, cathedrals and duomos throughout Italy i was expecting to see one of the same, i was so happily surprised to see something different. The modern 3D ceiling painting...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Vitaly F
Reviewed October 3, 2018 via mobile

This is a truly beautiful church with altars that are simply spectacular. It is closed for several hours in the afternoon so time your visit. There is a kind of sound and light show at 5.30pm at the altar of Saint Ignatius which, although in...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank giacomina17
Reviewed September 23, 2018

This was an unplanned stop on a school tour, but I'm so glad we visited. The intricate art is stunning and you would never know it from the outside! Highly recommend and it is also free and not at all crowded!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Adele B
April 22, 2017|
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Response from stephaniek262 | Reviewed this property |
We didn't take a car into Rome - much easier to walk and take buses...
June 7, 2015|
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Response from Jazzman1234 | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure. Masses at roman churches tend to be very early in the morning. I've gone in that church at all times of day and I've never seen a mass going on. It's pretty much just a museum now.
May 3, 2015|
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Response from Omgilovescience | Reviewed this property |
No. (almost) all churches are free :-) However, there will be people sitting on the steps begging for money as you walk in. They have no affiliation with the church at all, they just assume people think they are donating to... More