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. Church of St. Louis of the French is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Rome Edition.
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  • located between Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, we visited this church, admission is free. The front is of renaissance style. What made his reputation is the presence in the Contarelli Chapel, three beautiful paintings by Caravaggio, devoted to the life of St. Matthew. It is dedicated among other St. Louis King of France. You can also see a memorial plaque in remembrance of the 3rd Algerian infantry division soldiers fallen in Italy for the liberation of France in 1944.
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  • I always had a love for Austrian churches, I find them amazing, but this city knows how to create some incredible churches. The paintings, murals, domes, statues.....just a feast on the eye. This one ...  more »
  • Not to be missed for three paintings fabulous by Caravaggio. There is often a bit of crowd but with a little patience you will appreciate the works of great intensity.
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  • One of my favourite churches in Rome. It is definitely worth the trip for the three fantastic Caravaggio paintings. Head straight in, you'll find them to the left of the alter depicting St. Matthew. It's also a great opportunity to get out of the hustle and bustle of the centre. Pop in for ten minutes for a moment of calm - it's definitely worth it.
  • Probably the most beautiful Cathedral I have ever been to. The building and the painting are a work of art! A must if you are around.
  • This site pleasantly surprised me. It is easily one of my favorite places in the city. Such a beautiful church! I went to see the Caravaggios and stopped at Giolittis Gelateria (very nearby) for gelato on my way out. Worth your time ;)
  • Astonishing church interior. Go just for the Caravaggio paintings but you'll be amazed by everything else.
  • Beautiful church and a great opportunity to see the paintings of Caravaggio outside of a museum. Only in Rome would paintings of such splendor be in a little church that most of the crowds a block away in Piazza Navona have never heard
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