I had heard about this church on a an interest website. the reason for seeing it was the main fresco as you enter the church that is said to resemble the Orion Nebula in the constellation of Orion. When you get there, it is very plain from the outside and unassuming and doesnt stand out from the rest.
The church is widely known and not presented much on the tourist maps but is well worth a visit. the main fresco on the ceiling has a convenient magnified mirror on the floor underneath it so you can study it in detail(St Peters Basilica take note !).
Like a majority of the Basilicas, it is very ostentatious, inlaid with gold everywhere, very ornate and plenty of highly detailed paintings and frescos. Chiesa del Gesu is no exception. Considering it doesnt seem to compete with the other Basilicas, it is extraordinarily beautiful inside.
It is not usually packed with people so I think they wouldnt mind if you used a tripod also.At the time of writing it is open only 7.00am - 12.30pm then 16.00 - 19.30 every day. I missed it the first time and made the effort to go back,glad I did !
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