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Church of St. Louis of the French

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Address: Piazza San Luigi de' Francesi, 00186 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: +39 06 688271
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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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The church has the most famous paintings carried out by Caravaggio. They are stunning and the details are breathtaking.

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Bologna, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The church has the most famous paintings carried out by Caravaggio. They are stunning and the details are breathtaking.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

we only wanted to see Caravaggios 'Calling of St Matthew' but the whole church is outstanding, so many breathtaking frescos.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Stunning Caravaggio paintings. Right off of Piazza Navonna but usually not crowded. You feel like you are in a church, not a tourist trap. A must see!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

On our way to Piazza Navona and Pantheon, our priest recommended we see this Church. The paintings were amazing!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Building of San Luigi dei Francesi was a bit of a stop, start project. Building started in 1518 under French architect Jean de Chenevière and came to a halt in 1524 due to lack of funds and the 1527 Sacking of Rome. Very little remained of the original structure, when building started up again in 1549, under Pope Paul III.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely gorgeous and holy French-Italian church. Location is kind of hidden, so please, carry your map.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm a little biased as I'm a huge fan of Caravaggio but there's something particularly special about viewing pieces of work where they were meant to be viewed, as opposed to the almost clinical environment of a gallery. The works are stunning, as is the rest of the church. My partner (who isn't an art lover, nor religious) adored this... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I wanted to see this church mainly because i knew it had caravaggio paintings within, quite dark inside, like all churches in rome its impressive generally but ive had to knock a star off as there was some kind of work going on down the altar end of the church which prevented us from fully exploring, under normal circumstances im... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The French national church of St Louis of the French is situated within the heart of Rome and which is found between the Piazza Navona and Pantheon. This is typical Roman basilica structure with modest baroque art. The paintin of Caravaggio from 1599 the Vocation of Mathew is found in this church.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

San Luigi de' Francesi has three very famous and very important Caravaggios, and they are absolutely magnificent. Visiting Rome without stopping in this church would make your trip incomplete.

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