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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 2 days ago

A beautiful church dedicated to St. Louis of France. This is the national church of France in Rome. Gorgeous paintings.

Thank zzz08
Reviewed 2 days ago

We found this church by mistake, but is definitely well worth finding as we found this to be our favorite church. Do not miss the Caravaggio paintings and the stunning interior.

Thank goodera
Reviewed 3 days ago

Nearby Piazza Nuova make time to visit this decorative church and its Caravaggios. This is the Roman church for the French.

Thank Greg M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This small Church, with a pretty ordinary facade, in a small street between Piazza Navona and Pantheon hides a stunning interior. First you'll spot is a magnificent ceiling, but the real highlight are 3 Caravaggio paintings.

Thank B1714D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth visiting when you're near Piazza Navona. The ceiling is jaw dropping and the Caravaggio paintings are pretty amazing.

Thank GeeC5
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The church tends to be somewhat nondescript from the outside - but the interior is absolutely stunning. The real reason for many to visit though are the 3 Carravagio paintings - “The Calling of St Matthew,” “The Inspiration of St Matthew,” and “The Martyrdom of...More

Thank LightFighter
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not include on our tour, the guide decided to take us to this beautiful church as it is one of his favorites. We were glad he detoured us there. It is a beautiful church (small by Rome standards) and well worth stopping by to see...More

Thank Harry K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The church is beautiful, without a doubt. Yet, there are more beautiful churches in Rome. The only thing that makes this church worth a visit, are the three Caravaggio paintings. If you're interested in his work or you want to see some art for free;...More

Thank amberdontje1301
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This church is a must-see in Rome. It is a beautiful church ( though all signs are in both Itakian and French, not English!) and the three Caravaggios in the back alcove are truly stunning. As for all churches in Rome, entrance is free and...More

Thank NYCtraveler13
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The church is beautiful from the inside, make no mistake. What makes me write this scathing review is the pretentious, arrogant and bigoted staff or guardians inside the church. I have taken hundreds of photos of buildings, inside and outside, churches and not, in Italy...More

1  Thank meh190meh
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