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Church of St. Louis of the French, Rome

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One of five national churches of France located in Italy, Church of St. Louis of the French features three world-renowned paintings by the Baroque master Caravaggio representing the major events from the life of St. Matthew. Artist Domenichino, whose portrayal of the life of St. Cecilia is considered one of his masterpieces, created many of the frescoes. Several other notable artists worked on the decoration of the interior. The church was constructed between 1518 and 1589. It was eventually completed though the personal intervention of Catherine de Medici, an Italian noblewoman who was the wife and mother of several French kings. Plan your visit to Church of St. Louis of the French and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Rome vacation builder.
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  • Within the national church of France in Rome, you may admire three masterpieces by Caravaggio. Worth a visit.  more »
  • Beautiful church, but the three Caravaggio lying alone are worth the visit to the Church ... in the Contarelli Chapel are visible three works of the great artist for San Mateo ... the first and the vocation of the Saint, the second St Matthew and the Angel's third martyrdom ... Not to be missed
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  • The Church allows you to make a "tap" on my way to the Pantheon in Spain square. Go, go, go! Caravaggio here is great!
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  • Really nice church and definitely a must for all those who love Caravaggio!
  • Ornate Renaissance and baroque art and sculpture. 3 amazing Caravaggio's
  • Free to the public, beautiful church, excellent example of works by Caravaggio. Note: the lights shining on the paintings are set on a timer which is linked to a donation box. Meaning, if you want to see the paintings, you drop a euro or two into the box and the lights will turn on. Gotta love the French.
  • Here you'll find 3 amazing paintings of Caravaggio: they are awesome!
  • The church is extremely rich, but it would be just a common rich church without the 5-star paintings of Caravaggio.