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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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  • Its facade lines are beautiful and proportionate. However, inside we find a very ornate level of decoration that is worth visiting.
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  • I heard a lot of good things about the church. I went on a Sunday afternoon, but they were closed so couldn’t get in. Went back the following day around 11:30 and they were open. The decor inside was ...  more »
  • A stunning church and a must-see, especially for those with an appreciation for the Jesuits. St. Ignatius is buried here and drafted the founding rules of the order next door, in rooms that can be vis...  more »
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  • This church is a stunner 😍Kinda stumbled on it. And what luck that was! The baroque interior is a wonder to behold, as is the tompe l'oeil fresco on ceiling. The shadow paintings give the figures on the ceiling a true 3D effect for viewers below 😮
  • Beautiful Church at about 800 meters from Porto Umberto II, great walk, with much historic sites. Just go along Corso di Vittorio Emmanuelle. There is holy Mass at 7:30am, 12noon and 7:30pm. Quite accessible using public transportation, bus. Typical baroque facade and interiors.
  • Experience the Baroque frescoes and look at the ceiling. Feel like in heaven. Go next door to see the room where st Ignatius Loyola lived at the end of his life
  • The church is open, according to its website: 7:00 to 12:30, 16:00 to 19:45. Helpfully, those in charge suggest that visits to view the interior and artworks (as distinct from those with spiritual and devotional motivations) should be made in the period: 16:30 to 19:00. This is because the church is well-used for Mass and other sacred activities at other times. Recently, at 17:30, the statue of St Ignatius on his altar has been unveiled in a "Son et Lumière" show. The Rooms of St Ignatius are viewable on Weekdays 16:00 to 18:00, Sundays and solemnities 10:00 to 12:00. There is no entry charge, but donations are welcome. The Museum is open on Saturdays and Sundays, 16:00 to 18:00. The church is one of the major Mass centres in the "Centro Storico", and is appreciated by many for its straightforward celebration of the Sacrament on ordinary days ("No warbling or burbling"). Mass is celebrated: Weekdays 7:00, 8:00, 10:00, 11:00. 12:00, 19:00. Sundays 8:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:30, 19:00.
  • Beautiful, Roman Church. Educational. Bathroom costs 1 euro.

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For easy foot access to most of the city's main historical sites, consider staying in Rome's old town center. The area is conveniently placed for public transport, only a walk away from the city's main railway station. Accommodations here span all hotels sectors, from cheap hostels to luxury brand names. To avoid the steep prices and overcrowding of the town center, explore the hotels in the inner suburbs of Rome. They offer comfortable rooms and excellent food at a fraction of the price charged by the centrally located hotel chains. Another affordable option is the area around Vatican, which boasts a good selection of family-owned B&Bs.
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