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Church of St. Louis of the French
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Owner description: 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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“Beautiful church”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013 via mobile

This church was not recommended in our guide but we enterred because there was lot of people coming in! This is a really beautiful place to go.

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“Different little church”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2012

Off the main tourist track. Small French church but with a Caravaggio altar piece. Italy never fails to impress with little things like this. Pretty little church.

Visited January 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2012

The amazing thing about Rome is that it's like a living museum: it's so modern and sexy and just ROMAN -- but it exists in and around some of the world's most amazing and priceless art. Because of this, you don't ever need to set foot in a museum to see works of art: many great works are just sitting there in churches, in little side chapels. Just sitting there. Not hidden behind glass, not 50 feet away -- just right there in front of you.

So it is with this church, which houses 3 very well-known Caravaggios. Even if you've never heard of Caravaggio or you don't know a thing about art, you will recognize these paintings. There's always a small group of in-the-know tourists there during open hours taking a peek and (non-flash) photos of the paintings... you can drop in some coins to activate the lights for a minute or two as well. Make a point of stopping in here and wander over to the side chapel up front, and you'll be amazed at what a Caravaggio looks like in person. Such exquisite painting that it looks like it's somehow illuminated from the inside. It's unbelievable that you're allowed to stand just a few feet away from these masterworks, which have been sitting here for hundreds of years.

Visited October 2012
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“Come for the Caravaggio”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2012

Some churches are must sees for everyone, such as St Peter’s Basilica. However, this one’s really just for devotees of Baroque art and religious history enthusiasts. And of course, the French.

Our walking tour through the ancient centre stopped here briefly to show us Caravaggio’s three canvasses depicting the life of St Matthew, the Calling, the Inspiration, and the Martyrdom. You can also see Domenichino’s Histories of Saint Cecilia frescoes, among the works of other Baroque artists. Unfortunately for me, as a blind man, it was meaningless.

And for the history nuts, this is apparently the church where Martin Luther stayed when he came to Rome for his trial.

But unless you’ve got a specific interest, I probably wouldn’t waste your time.

Visited October 2012
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“Beautiful !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2012

Really beautiful and ornate church with the three famous Caravaggio paintings. We were lucky to be there when there was no crowd. There were hardly 3 people in the church and the atmosphere was simply divine ! it was just so peaceful. Just when we were about to leave, a group of about 50 people walked in. So we considered ourselves very lucky to have the church all to ourselves for a good 30 mins. Wonderful experience.

Visited November 2012
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