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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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  • Beautiful church situated behind piazza Navona, in the chapel you can see the three paintings by Caravaggio on the life of St. Matthew. Gorgeous!!!
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  • If the courage said you, climb the stairs up there and then feel free to enter... statue of Pieta on left entering. Note that you can also take the elevators in the subway from the place... downstairs! More to history than for wealth but nice visit anyway.
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  • The works of Caravaggio mortifies widely visit is a very beautiful church as all of Rome. But this is impressive. See the work of Caravaggio there is fantastic. I like the lighting and the explanation is comprehensive.
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  • The church has 3 wonderful Caravaggio's inside showing scenes from the life of Saint Matthew. Sadly, it is always packed so try to go early if you want to enjoy the paintings.
  • This church is a small wonder. Caravaggio' three painting cycle of Saint Mathew make it a must see.
  • STUNNING! A must see! Even as an atheist the Sunday service singing was beautiful to experience!
  • Beautiful little church. Free entry, but the frescoes on the sides only light up when you pay a euro.
  • The church if French people in Roma. Beautiful collection of Caravage inside

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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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