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“Beautiful Caravaggio paintings!”

Church of St. Louis of the French
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Private Baroque Walking Tour of Rome: Bernini, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, and...
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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.
San Diego, California
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“Beautiful Caravaggio paintings!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2014

San Luigi dei Francesi is a beautiful church containing a few spectacular Caravaggio paintings. Like many of the churches in Rome, San Luigi has specific hours, so be sure to check those online before you visit. Also be wary of the massive amounts of tourist groups who come to visit this church due to its artistic value, usually around the opening and closing times.

Visited April 2014
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“The Caravaggios make this church.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2014

A lovely church. The Caravaggios are beautiful, if a little hard to really see because the chapel they are in is roped off. Stop in between the Piazza Rotunda and the Piazza Navona and see for yourself.

Visited May 2014
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“Caravaggio's triptych in the Contarelli Chapel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

Rome really is a living museum.
In this church are displayed the three provocatively modern masterpieces of the great Baroque master.
Entry is free (the church closes at lunchtime), drop a few coins to light up the paintings to see how Caravaggio infused his own light into Saint Matthew calling and martyrdom.
Simply beautiful.

Visited June 2014
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“rating is for what the church is”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2014

we tried to visit this church because it has Caravaggio paintings but it is open only 3 days a week for limited hours. no where is this info given.. the facade is lovely and we had to be content with that

Visited May 2014
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“A lovely church without all the crowds”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014

My husband and I thought this church was the second most beautiful we saw in Rome (St. Peter's being the first) but unlike the Vatican, you don't have to pay for going in this one and there are no lines or crowds. Carvaggio's paintings are just gorgeous. We enjoyed looking for all the little touches that reminded you this was a church of the French--the lovely French blue colors on the ceiling, fleur de lis everywhere on the ceiling and stained glass windows. There is a great deal to see at this church and like I said, since there are no crowds bearing down on you, you can spend as much time as you want admiring the paintings, frescoes, sculptures and beautiful pipe organ. Don't make a special trip just to see this but if you are in the area of Piazza Navona, you really should see it.

Visited May 2014
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