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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
+39 06 688271
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Caravaggio's three pictures of St. Matthew, particularly the Calling of St. Matthew, are exceptional. The church itself is interesting as well.

Thank BillandKathy27
Reviewed 3 days ago

In one of the side chapels of this church are three amazing paintings by Caravaggio which you can admire without a queue, a crowd or an entry fee. The chapel is quite dark though, so bring a 1 Euro coin to turn on the lights...More

Thank Penny S
Reviewed 3 days ago

This church is a wonderful respite that we just stumbled into and fell in love with. The artwork is great and there are so many things to look at. When I return to Rome in 2018, I will surely make this a stop to take...More

Thank txredhead07
Reviewed 4 days ago

You mustn't miss this church - the art is amazing. Breathtaking. Avoid baptisms and lunchtime when it is closed until 2.30.

Thank Janet P
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a beautiful church, very baroque in style with 3 Carravgio paintings that were enormous. Definately worth visiting both for the style and decor of the church and of course to see Carravagios up close.

Thank Jenny T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We got a basic overview of the name of this church when we were on a night tour. As the church was closed we could not go in. Later on in our trip - we found ourselves outside this church so we decided to pop...More

Thank Melissa M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a lovely church well worth checking out for its baroque mastery but a must to check out the three Caravaggio paintings near the altar.

Thank flaneur40
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was nice to see art not centered around Mary, for a non-Catholic. However, I would not travel out of my way to this church. I would recommend a stop if you are near Piazza Navona or the Pantheon. FREE.

Thank Tonia M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A church right off the Pantheon with three impressing Caravagio paintings in the dark., you have to put a coin to have the light turned on, a shabby trick ...

Thank ArielaIsrael
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One day while wandering around, we stumbled across this church. It was one of the most beautiful ones we walked through. Granted, most of the churches in Rome are gorgeous, but this one had something a bit extra as far as the artwork went.

Thank LA P
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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