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Church of St. Louis of the French

#14 of 1,429 things to do in Rome
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Address: Piazza San Luigi de' Francesi, 00186 Rome, Italy
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+39 06 688271
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15:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 12:30
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Sun - Sat 15:00 - 19:00
Fri - Wed 10:00 - 12:30
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Closed on Thursdays! The famous painter Caravaggio (1573-1610) was...

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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A must see if you are a fan of Caravaggio. The artworks are amazing and very impressive. Overall the church is also very beautiful. The church is free - without admission, but... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A must see if you are a fan of Caravaggio. The artworks are amazing and very impressive. Overall the church is also very beautiful. The church is free - without admission, but keep in mind the opening hours and the hours of mass.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was just down the road from our apartments so we popped in to have a look at the Caravagio's. Otherwise the church is plain, by Rome standards. If you are passing Piazza de Popolo I would pop in for a look. The church is just off the far end of the piazza.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

In the back corner of the church are three Caravaggio paintings - you can illuminate them with a euro coin in a nearby slot box, and when the lights are on it is a worth a thousand euros. The play of shadows, colors and figures appearing from the depths, hands, faces, clothing every detail is delightful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was not on our itinerary and we just happened to come across it. It was a great discovery. Go just to see the Caravaggios. To our shame we did not know they were there. Don't make the same mistake.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an interior. Breath taking and spectacular. Also amazing to see three Caravaggio paintings at once

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a beautiful church close to the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. It boasts three original and amazing caravaggios. Entrance is free.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The French Church Of Rome was an interesting visit. The French King "St Louis" is not well known in England but revered by French royalists. The paintings make the visit worth while. Caravaggio’s contributions were appreciated.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Church of San Luigi dei Francesi is one of the churches not to be missed in Rome. It is the home of several famous paintings by Caravaggio. This includes the three world-renowned canvases of The Calling of St Matthew (on the left wall), The Inspiration of Saint Matthew (above the altar), and The Martyrdom of Saint Matthew (on the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Among all the hundreds of churches in Rome the reason you have to visit this one are the three Caravaggio paintings they have on display. If you are in a hurry you will find them on the left hand side next to the main altar. Bring some coins with you so you can drop them in a box which will... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A historical church that is a must. It is located in the touristic area of the town, a splendid place.

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