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Church of St. Louis of the French

#15 of 1,396 things to do in Rome
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Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori
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Address: Piazza San Luigi de' Francesi, 00186 Rome, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 06 688271
15:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 12:30
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Sun - Sat 15:00 - 19:00
Fri - Wed 10:00 - 12:30

Closed on Thursdays! The famous painter Caravaggio (1573-1610) was...

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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calling of st matthew is inspiring

great church with some of carravaggio's best. be sure to get the schedule since church isn't always open

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

great church with some of carravaggio's best. be sure to get the schedule since church isn't always open

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It was amazing. The sights, the atmosphere. Everything just lived up the moment. Would recommend. to visit this wonderful place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We did all of the major churches last visit so this time we were visiting some of the less famous ones. This is a must see - stunning!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Hey, this church of St Louis of the French is unsurprisingly the French church in Rome and it is right close to the Piazza Navona, which makes a visit easy. The thing to head for first is the side chapel in the far left hand of the church from entry. That's where the crowds will be! One Euro gets you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having lived in Rome for many years I didn't know about this church until an Italian friend took me after I had moved! Outside looks pretty much like all of the churches in the centre but inside is breathtaking! Located in the French Quarter between Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, the inside is filled with art and of course, the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Everyone piles into Church of St Louis of the French pretty much only for the Caravaggio - but the rest of the interior is quite interesting and different to some of the other churches that we saw. As with many sites like this, not all visitors are respectful of the space as a place of worship, but it's still a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful church, centrally located and easy to get to with free entry - so there is NO excuse not to experience the beautiful atmosphere and appreciate the stunning artwork that hangs

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A little church between the Pantheon and the Piazza Navona, this has a strikingly beautiful painting of the Call of Matthew by Caravaggio. Well worth the stop and the 1 Euro to get the lights on the painting. Also has a detailed description of the painting in English. Fascinating stuff.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A beautiful Church and a must-see for art and Caravaggio enthusiasts. Christmas Eve Mass was beautiful. Mass is in French.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was the armed guards out the front that drew our attention to the church, San Luigi dei Francesi, the national church of France. Presumably their presence was linked to recent events in that country. It was the interior that was breathtaking, with several enormous Caravaggio paintings in the Chapel of St Matthew - once he mastered the technique of... More 

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