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Chiesa del Gesu

#40 of 1,490 things to do in Rome
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Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori
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Address: Piazza del Gesu | Via degli Astalli, 16, 00186 Rome, Italy
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A gem off the beaten track in Rome

My family was celebrating a graduation by vacationing in Italy. One of my son's teachers told him to visit the Chiesa del Gesu if he had the chance. What a surprise experience... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My family was celebrating a graduation by vacationing in Italy. One of my son's teachers told him to visit the Chiesa del Gesu if he had the chance. What a surprise experience. It is the first Jesuit church and we found it to have an understated elegance relative to the other well known churches in Rome. We felt an immediate... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The main church of the Order of the Jesuits. In response to the Reformation is very richly decorated with fairy ceiling.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am not religious but this church is absolutely worth seeing. It is the mother church for the Jesuits and being so it is richly decorated and in a baroque style - it is absolutely stunning.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not really, its a great church. Of particular note is the ceiling which spills over the fresco into the other parts of the ceiling (masterful use of perspective and illusionistic lighting). Also, depending on your proclivities, St. Ignatius of Loyola's tomb is here

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I almost don't want to post this review because I want this church to remain a hidden gem. The interior of Chiesa del Gesu is absolutely stunning. I'm not religious, but I was moved by the beautiful artistry on display in the sanctuary. But perhaps the best thing about the Gesu is that it's quiet, respectful and not packed with... More 

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Reviewed 15 March 2017

We were at the Gesu at 530pm, there is a wonderful ceremony at the chapel of St. Ignatius. It lasts around 15 minutes.

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Reviewed 28 February 2017

The Gesu is heaven for art lovers. If you are a fan of Baroque, this is your place. They kindly have a mirror which reflects the magnificent ceiling without forcing you to strain your neck and your vision. A church which reflects the time in which it was built.

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Reviewed 10 February 2017

This church has a rich interior. You will astounded by the works of Bernini and Pozzo. This church is actually the principal church of the Jesuits. It is considered the first fully Baroque church. The design is by Vignola and Giacomo della Porta and its plan and facade dates back to 1575. The Jesuits were founded in 1540, and the... More 

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Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

I think, if possible, this was even more impressive than the Sistine chapel. The art is incredible and looks like it's leaping from the walls and ceilings! Well worth a visit, and there's an amazing gelateria nearby for after ;)

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Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

I recommend combining a visit here with one to the church of St Ignazio nearby (part 1 of this review). This is the mother church of the Jesuit Order (The Society of Jesus). The interior is considered one of the masterpieces of Baroque with the nave and sanctuary frescoes being magnificent, and clearly influenced by Bernini. I strongly recommend visiting... More 

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