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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. Church of St. Louis of the French is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , custom trip planner Edition.
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  • The Church is located close to Piazza Navona and is world renowned for the three paintings by Baroque master Caravaggio in the Contarelli Chapel. These are truly magnificent! The church also has... 
    The Church is located close to Piazza Navona and is world renowned for the three paintings by Baroque master Caravaggio in the Contarelli Chapel. These are truly magnificent! The church also has...  more »
  • Beautiful church close to both Piazza Navona and Fontana di Trevi. There are very famous Caravaggio paintings in one of the Chapels inside 
    Beautiful church close to both Piazza Navona and Fontana di Trevi. There are very famous Caravaggio paintings in one of the Chapels inside  more »
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  • If this isn’t on your list of places to visit in Rome, add it now! Beautiful baroque church with incredible art from some dead guy named Caravaggio (sarcasm). The only reason I’m giving 4 starts instead of 5 is I don’t necessarily agree with the pay per view aspect of the paintings. In order to illuminate the painting for a period of ~2 minutes someone must insert 1-2 € into a machine. Otherwise, this is an absolute gem and must visit if you appreciate art!
  • A personal favorite out of all the churches and places I've gone on this Italy trip. The ceiling is beautiful. The numerous altars lining the inner walls are fantastic. This church will get very popular during peak hours so please remember to remain quiet out of respect. People were asked to be silent numerous times on our stay over the loudspeaker which was very disrupting.

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