Chiesa di San Luigi dei francesi
5 Via Santa Giovanna d'Arco, Rome, Italy
Chiesa di San Luigi dei francesi Rome Reviews
Baroque wonder Oct 20, 2010
The church of San Luigi dei Francesi (Saint Louis of the French) is a wonderful church and minor basilica. Dating from the sixteenth century and constructed in the baroque style, the church is most famous for its Contarelli chapel, which houses the paintings of the master Caravaggio.
The chapel is the real highlight of the tour, and though the church has free admission, you have to regularly put coins into a machine to light this chapel up and see it. The paintings are wonderful and the figures are illuminated by this wonderful glow from candlelight.
The church seems to be a bit of museum. It was disappointing to se the tourists talking on many occasions, prompting the church staff to ask for silence on more than one occasion. It was nice to see real lilies at the main altar too.
In a city littered with wonderful churches, it is hard for even some stunning churches to go unnoticed. This receives a steady footfall of tourists, mostly of French origin, but deserves to be visited much more. Go see it!
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