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Church of St. Louis of the French

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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 4 days ago

I found the church very beautiful and surprisingly quiet, peaceful and respectful despite it's proximity to more famous and popular sites nearby. The main attraction are the Caravaggio paintings which are mindboggling large and powerful. But taking a decent photo is hard and you must...More

Thank Peter P
Reviewed 4 days ago

One of my favourite churches we visited in Rome. The magnitude of artistry, the clever use of previous stones and hand painted ceiling work are just not enough to describe the beauty of this architecture. Was told by one of the church workers that this...More

Thank Asaali
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This church which capers for the French community in Rome contains a chapel with three paintings by Caravaggio- outstanding which males this church worthwhile visiting.

Thank Birte L
Reviewed 1 week ago

The church itself is very nice and worth the visit, the only thing that made me put 4 stars and not 5 was the fact that you have to put money to turn on the light to see some of the paintings, i would pay...More

Thank Vitaly F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful church plus the beautiful Cavaraggio paintings. When we were in the national art gallery in Washington DC last year, one of their highlight items was a painting by a disciple of Cavaraggio. Here in a small church in Rome, we have three by the...More

Thank AgnesGil
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There are three Caravaggio paintings in this church- truly amazing. Other beautiful art work is also present. All signs are in French or Italian which ia a pity if you do not speak either. Well worth the visit!!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not a religious person but you can still feel something special when entering a lovely church like this and the art is amazing

Thank ajarvis41
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had begun our day in Rome with some explorations of the fountains, by Bernini and others. But after a bunch of those, we were a bit bored, so we just started wandering a bit. We did some shopping, wandered a little more, and found...More

Thank Charming_Karl
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a wonderful church made more so by the Caravaggio paintings. They are amazing artworks and to be able to see them in such a setting and for free is great. This is a little bit of France in the midst of Rome. Well...More

Thank Andrew M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best free entrances in the city. I went specifically to see the Mathew paintings by Caravaggio. The church opened again at 2:30pm. The three paintings are clustered into one corner. Art followers troop into the church, drawing a crowd behind them who...More

1  Thank Bryan W
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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