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Chiesa del Gesu, Rome

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Standing on one side of Rome's Piazza del Gesu, Chiesa del Gesu is the founding church of the Jesuit order, consecrated in 1584. The building's intricate facade is perhaps the first truly Baroque design in the world. Admire the ornate nave and its Neoclassical molding, marble reliefs, and richly colored ceiling frescoes. Wander from chapel to chapel to discern the design features that set each one apart. Be sure to visit to the tomb of Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits who later became a saint. Check online to learn about choir concerts, special events, and religious services. Make Chiesa del Gesu a centerpiece of your Rome vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Rome trip itinerary maker site .
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  • It is located near Piazza Venezia and is a reference of the Baroque. Built in the 16th century, it was the first Jesuit church in Rome. It is considered the mother church of the Society of Jesus, and in it is preserved the tomb of St Ignatius of Loyola and many other Superiors General of the Order. It's so very much connected to the sad history of the Inquisition. The façade has two floors, with corinthian pillars and columns. The exterior decoration is very simple, according to the identity of the Jesuits. The great coat of arms above the main door bears the monogram of Jesus, while the two side niches house the two statues of St. Ignatius (left) and St. Francis Xavier (right). Contrary to the simple exterior, the interior is very decorated, opulent, with the typical grandeur of the Baroque style demanded by its financier, Cardinal Alessandro Farnese. The most relevant element of the church is its ceiling by central painting and decoration in white gold and stucco. The dome is wide and full of flowery concave and fresh angels. It is remarkable the abundance of golden and dark frames and impresses by the richness in painting, sculpture and architecture. The abundance of decoration in chapels and altars makes them very abundant in gold or silver bronze. It is a church not to be missed for those who enjoy art and, in particular, baroque.
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  • It is interesting to tour several Baroque churches to compare them to each other. Alternate the elegant Bernini with the passionate Borromini. In this case, one is stunned by the very serious and majestic beauty typical of the first Baroque.
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  • If from the outside it is inconspicuous inside it is a real wonder. The ceiling of the aisle is covered with beautiful frescoes. Special marbles in the side chapels with wonderful decorations! Adjacent to the church you can visit the rooms where St. Ignatius lived his last years of life. To visit !
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  • First impression, small church and with no taste, BUT when.you go.Inside, your mind is blown. Incredible detail and paintings all over the ceiling. Definitely worth it. Still, it is one of the most beautiful churches I have seen, artistically speaking
  • Beautiful, inside and out! St. Ignatius of Loyola is a favorite saint of mine, which made my visit even more memorable. I recommend visiting this splendid church! You’ll be glad you did! As I recall, it’s not very far from the Pantheon.
  • Not a well known church but discovered by chance and an incredible find. Beautiful frescoes and moulding details with a rich pallette of colours. Definitely worth a visit you will not be disappointed.
  • Visited the Sistine Chapel and St Peters Bassilica yesterday, but this may be my favorite. The ceiling fresco is unlike any I've ever seen. Add in the ornate statues, gold and chapels. Incredible. Also not busy.
  • Wonderful paintings as you walk around. Was lucky enough to have an expert with me to explain everything really well.
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