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Church of St. Louis of the French

Piazza San Luigi de' Francesi, 00186 Rome, Italy
+39 06 688271
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Closed on Thursdays! The famous painter Caravaggio (1573-1610) was commissioned to paint for this church, where in one of its chapels is his realistic naturalism in three scenes of the life of St. Matthew.
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Piazza San Luigi de' Francesi, 00186 Rome, Italy
Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori
+39 06 688271
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Reviewed yesterday

This church is located on the eastern side of Piazza Navona and has 3 huge Caravaggio paintings of St. Matthew in one of chapels. They are stunning! This was one of my favorite churches.

Thank Mary K
Reviewed yesterday

Admission is free, though do check the hours before you go. Very close to the Piazza Navona and the Via del Corso in the city center, it is simply too easy to visit. Where else in the world can you see Caravaggio masterpieces for free?...More

Thank Caroline L
Reviewed 3 days ago

Like many of the other churches and basilicas in Rome, admission to the Church of St. Louis of the French is free, making it hard not to visit, considering how beautiful it is. You could probably spend an entire month visiting churches in Rome and...More

Thank Jim T
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Wow! This is one of the most beautiful churches in Rome and I only found it by accident! Very close to the Pantheon, the church is an amazing example of Baroque styling and design. The painted ceiling, the gold details and the sheer over-whelming decoration...More

Thank Jo T
Reviewed 6 days ago

The two Caravaggio paintings make this church a must stop.. the look of the people with the lighting and shading make it must visit for art lovers.

Thank Anthony C
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful church on the Ancient Rome walking tour. This church is in the free Rick Steeves' audio guide. It is next to Piazza Navona.

Thank researchtraveler2010
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thus church is easy to find and has three important masterpieces. The difference between these and the others about is remarkable and it is great to see them in a quiet unhurried manner. And it is free!

Thank drrich
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Looks like a nothing church from the outside, but has a rich history and 2 Caravaggios inside. Makes you realise how insane the riches of Rome are.

Thank big_bad_rascal
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You come here for the Caravaggio! The church as a whole is worth the stop, but it is especially notable for Caravaggio's Conversion of Saint Matthew. The church randomly closes between 12-2, so we headed down the block to see Piazza Navona and the fantastic...More

Thank Stillh2olocal
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I came to Rome with a friend; our yearly 'sight-seeing/cultural adventure.' Neither of us are particularly religious and athough Rome has many many beautiful churches, many of these were not high on our itinerary. However, as circumstance would have (heat at this time of the...More

Thank Eve A
Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori
With three of Rome’s most beloved piazzas within a
five-minute walk of each other, the
Navona/Pantheon/Campo area may be the prettiest and
most picturesque area of the city. Join the beautiful
throngs hanging out in cafes, boutiques, art
galleries, and wine bars, or peek at a neighbourhood
museum or monument. If you want nonstop movida, the
streets here are busy with chic bicyclists and Vespa
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4 March 2016|
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Response from kalp-51 | Reviewed this property |
There are just few steps,so one will have to lift up the wheel chair. There is no Ramp
4 July 2015|
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Response from Christina E | Reviewed this property |
As others have already said, the church is free to visit. I would recommend attending a Mass to see the church at its best, as they light it well then. Again, to illuminate the Carravagios, there is a 1e charge slot... More