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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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  • The church has 3 splendid Caravaggio paintings. It is on the way from Piazza Navona to the Pantheon, so easy to stop by for a quick visit. The rest of the interior is quite ornate, but I visited mainl...  more »
  • We happened upon this church on our way to Piazza Navona. It is so beautiful inside and the paintings are heart-wrenching. Everything seems well preserved. I'm excited to learn more about this church,...  more »
  • I go here whenever I visit Rome to see the three amazing paintings by Caravaggio. They were painted specifically to hang in this church.  more »
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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