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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 part of your Rome vacation plans using our Rome trip generator.
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  • Inside this church is quite spectacular. The paintings and statues cover all parts. We did go for the 5:30 music and revelation of the statue but nothing happened. 
  • Probably the most beautiful church I saw the Chiesa del Gesu in Rome, you will come out with a stiff neck so there is much to see. The ceiling is beautiful, we can't tell whether they are statues or paintings. It is overloaded as possible, there is not one centimeter of free but it's beautiful. If you pass a late afternoon, wait 5:30 there is a little "show" sound and light which tells about the life of St Ignatius of Loyola (please understand Italian). Don't miss the end when great painting down to reveal a statue of the saint, and when the Church lights it is Grand and magical!
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  • In this church feels the full brunt of the Reformation. Austere and harsh environment inspires reverence and feel like sinners. Unlike many other Roman churches.
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  • The ceiling is breathtaking. Lots of marvelous statues and painting all around the big church, which is right in the city center. Highly recommended.
  • Take time to visit the rooms of St. Ignatius (Le stanze di sant’Ignazio). Entrance is beside the church. Very impressive.
  • Mother of the society of Jesus. Peaceful and joyful church. Take time to enjoy the stories of Ignatius and his disciples following Christ.
  • Jesuit church with ornate tomb of Ignatius and Gaulli's theatrical baroque ceiling painting. Painting equivalent of Bernini's sculptural achievements.
  • One of the most important Church of the Jesuist Company, along St Ignazio de Loyola Church. It is very beautiful but in my opinion not as much as the other one.