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Church of St. Louis of the French

Piazza San Luigi de' Francesi, 00186 Rome, Italy
+39 06 688271
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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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Piazza San Luigi de' Francesi, 00186 Rome, Italy
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+39 06 688271
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Here you'll find 3 of Caravaggio's best works, put in the original context, something you do not find in museums. This otherwise unimpressive church is centrally located near Piazza Navona, in the heart of Rome; just bring a few Euros to operate the lighting to...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Just off the Piazza Navona is this unassuming church, passed daily by countless tourists without so much as a sideways glance. This is one of Rome’s greatest treasures, the Contrelli chapel, adorned with three huge and magnificent works by the Baroque bad boy, Caravaggio. It...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Less than a block east of Piazza Navona, this is one of the best in Rome. The Contarelli Chapel contains a cycle of paintings by Caravaggio. The interior is stunning with a breathtaking ceiling. There were fewer tourists than most comparable when we were there.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Chance to see some beautiful carvaggios. The church doesn't charge a fee and you get to see some amazing art. If you are a fan of carvaggio, you must go check this out. Also, please drop a few euro into the donation box so we...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I just stumbled on this Catholic church. It was around the corner from Piazza Navona. We quietly walked in and had the whole sanctuary to ourselves. We lit a candle and prayed for a few minutes. What a peaceful, beautiful place! It...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Meant to stop by here if we had time. On our way we saw the church and "dropped in". I can only say I am glad we did. The collection of art in this church is astounding. The chapel on the front left of the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the lovely San Luigi dei Francesi (aka the Church of St. Louis of the French) specifically to view the three famous “Caravaggio’s” painted in 1599-1600 about the life of St. Matthew and they did not disappoint; they were MARVELOUS! This little gem of...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We almost missed this church as we were coming from behind (west). After entering we were wondering why all signs were in French, but now Church name has given the explanation, as the Italian name "San Luigi dei Francesi" didn't reveal that much. The Church...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is a Roman Catholic church in Rome, not far from Piazza Navona, built between 1518 and 1589. It is the national church in Rome for France.

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Reviewed 8 April 2018

I recommend that if you are near Piazza San Luigi that you visit this gorgeous church. You will not be disappointed. Stunning artwork.

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marcik525
4 March 2016|
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Response from kalp-51 | Reviewed this property |
There are just few steps,so one will have to lift up the wheel chair. There is no Ramp
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Gillseywillsey
4 July 2015|
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Response from Christina E | Reviewed this property |
As others have already said, the church is free to visit. I would recommend attending a Mass to see the church at its best, as they light it well then. Again, to illuminate the Carravagios, there is a 1e charge slot... More
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