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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
Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori
+39 06 688271
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stunningly beautiful church with great artwork to finish it off. Worth a visit, you will not be disappointed.

Thank diveninja21
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You cannot collect all Bernini's since he has 3000+ pieces in Rome and quality differs. But you can collect all Caravaggio's in Rome. There are ~23 of them scattered across Rome and quality of them are all meeting an astonishingly high standard. Go to this...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The church itself is nice, but the main attraction are the big paintings of Caraavaggio. There are 3 great works - you must see them.

Thank 545medva
Reviewed 1 week ago

We discovered this church and its treasures while wandering the streets of Rome. The Contarelli Chapel with Caravaggio's paintings of St. Matthew were a bonus.

Thank rplv
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came across this church rather by chance! It is is central to the other main sites, but sadly seems to be overlooked. It's around the corner from the Pantheon. Beautiful Caravaggio paintings and art, would definitely recommend a stop when you are visiting the sites...More

Thank Jebediah_Solomon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Close to Pantheon, a beautiful cool and calm church. The big pull is 3 stupendous Caravaggios of the life of Matthew - even for non-Art buffs these are brilliant.

Thank lowryepp
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is wonderful that so much history and art is free for all to see and enjoy. A very impressive Church, perhaps spoilt by people speaking and not obeying the silence rule and thus having staff request it loudly over the microphone.

Thank NswAustraliaDidi
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This church is located on the eastern side of Piazza Navona and has 3 huge Caravaggio paintings of St. Matthew in one of chapels. They are stunning! This was one of my favorite churches.

Thank Mary K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Admission is free, though do check the hours before you go. Very close to the Piazza Navona and the Via del Corso in the city center, it is simply too easy to visit. Where else in the world can you see Caravaggio masterpieces for free?...More

Thank Caroline L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Like many of the other churches and basilicas in Rome, admission to the Church of St. Louis of the French is free, making it hard not to visit, considering how beautiful it is. You could probably spend an entire month visiting churches in Rome and...More

Thank Jim T
Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori
With three of Rome’s most beloved piazzas within a
five-minute walk of each other, the
Navona/Pantheon/Campo area may be the prettiest and
most picturesque area of the city. Join the beautiful
throngs hanging out in cafes, boutiques, art
galleries, and wine bars, or peek at a neighbourhood
museum or monument. If you want nonstop movida, the
streets here are busy with chic bicyclists and Vespa
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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
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