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Chiesa del Gesu, Rome

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Religious Site
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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  • Ceiling looks like a 3D stereoscopic. I popped out the angel appeared. You can place a large mirror, didn't even see the ceiling through the glass. In addition, Francis Xavier's right hand was decorated at the altar. Great men of the old school learned hand, was surprised and impressed.
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  • Building Jesuit of the Counter-Reformation - façade and sober and humble, but its very baroque interior has a very busy decoration - interesting :-)
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  • Not really, its a great church. Of particular note is the ceiling which spills over the fresco into the other parts of the ceiling (masterful use of perspective and illusionistic lighting). Also, depe...  more »
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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.