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“The only frescos I remember from Rome!”
Review of Chiesa del Gesu

Chiesa del Gesu
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Ranked #49 of 1,971 things to do in Rome
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

Raphael out did himself with the ceiling of this church. The cherubs look 3d! This is the only church I truly remember out of all of the non-major ones in Rome/ Italy. It was truly worth the visit.

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Reviewed September 12, 2013

We tried for over four days to get to this church while it was open to the public, but it's short opening hours made it very difficult with all the other things we wanted to do - especially since it's quite far from any metro station. It's nothing special, so I recommend just visiting one of the other churches that are actually open.

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Reviewed September 11, 2013

Many places are closed on August 15th for the Catholic Holiday and since we were traveling with our priest, he knew to go to this magnificent church. The ornate Baroque style is just stunning, especially when your mind tends to wonder in a long Italian Mass.

Thank Lisa S
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

The "home" of the Jesuits, this spectacular church will awe you. Let it inspire you to read up on the Jesuits, at which point you will be a little sad for Ignatius Loyola, one of the founders of the Jesuits, whose grandiose tomb is within the church -- an exceedingly simple man, his tomb is a tower of gold and lapis. But the overall effect of the interior of this church is one of stunning beauty and reverence.

Thank sjbirder
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

Chiesa del Gesu was recommended by our tour guide. It is about 450 yards to the southeast of the Pantheon, within walking distance, and a Baroque masterpiece.

The church is the mother church of the Jesuits, and its founder, Ignazio of Loyola, is entombed within. It was constructed in the 16th century and is generally considered to be the first church to have a Baroque architecture. Unimposing on the outside, and facing a nondescript piazza in a busy traffic intersection, the church is relatively quiet, left alone by tourists, but magnificent and worthwhile.

The spectacular ceiling fresco by Baciccia (Giovanni Battista Gaulli) shows a riot of angels, not content to be confined to the ceiling, spilling onto painted plaster and creating an arresting three-dimensional image. Gold on gold decoration, elaborate architectural details, imposing sculpture capture the eye everywhere. The Saint Ignazio chapel, to the left of the transept, houses the tomb of the saint. In it, you'll find the large lapis lazuli globe and columns, swimming in a deep violet blue, an intoxicating representation of Earth.

If you find yourself in the Pantheon neighborhood, this church is very worthwhile. In my opinion, you'll learn more about Rome and Roman history here than at Campo di Fiori.

The official site:
http://www.chiesadelgesu.org/

Thank anonymousfortwayne
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