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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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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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  • I wasn't prepared for the overwhelming fresco which was more powerful than a 3D film the way it showed non catholics descending into hell. One of the most powerful examples of religious propaganda I'v...  more »
  • CHIESA DEL GESU ( THE CHURCH OF THE GESU ) is an absolutely stunning church in a beautiful square. The church exterior although beautiful does not do justice to the interior of this church. Every part...  more »
  • We had already been to the big Roman churches--St Peter's, State Maria Maggiore, etc--and this trip we decided to visit others. The interiors of the two Jesuit churches we visited were easily the most...  more »
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  • Here we have another in an amazingly long line of churches in Rome that I must recommend with the faint "Well, if you're passing by, it would be kind of terrible not to go in, but you don't really need to make any particular trip over to it." But here it is with five stars. It is one of the most amazing interiors I have ever seen. It is in the top 100 ever! Unfortunately 78 of those are in Rome. So, yes, Rome, fecund, bursting at the seams Rome is our first problem. Without any Caravaggio painting, Borromini architecture, Bernini Sculpture (though supposedly he prayed here regularly) or point of total differentiation from other Baroque interiors I have to take a few moments of trying to sort out Del Gesu from the other churches we went into. What I remember is that there was some construction going on, altering the approach and access to the church. I remember how it is just off the unappealingly busy street Corso Emmanuale. And I remember we went in there three or four times, mostly because I forgot whether I'd been in there or not, or forgot what it looked like and thought I should take another look. The inside of Del Gesu looks like this: There is a clear and beautiful Autumn day. The sky is full of grand, puffy clouds that threaten no rain and look like fairy castles in the air. You have the sharpest knife in the world. So, idly, to test your knife, you cut into the belly of the clouds. Del Gesu is what spills out.
  • The holy church of the order of the Jezuits Just wait and sit just at around 5 oclock and you see the miracle happening. The front plate slides slowly down and the statue of San Ignatio, covered with silver and gold, is revealied. For half an hour only.
  • The ceiling is breathtaking. Lots of marvelous statues and painting all around the big church, which is right in the city center. Highly recommended.
  • An exquisite representation of Baroque architecture. This church serves as the model for a multiplicity of Jesuit Churches worldwide.
  • After st. Peter's this is the most beautiful church in Rome.