Church of San Luigi dei Francesi : Michelin's recommendations
French visitors will love it ! It's Rome's French church, as Francis I's familiar salamander points out, on the facade, built by an Italian, Giacomo Della Porta. Many French people are buried here, like Cardinal de Bernis and Chateaubriand's friend, Pauline de Beaumont. Claude Gellée, also known as Le Lorrain, has a monument in this church. There are plaques in honour of French soldiers killed in action in Italy, in 1849 and 1943-1944, as well as frescoes illustrating the famous French historical episode of the Soissons Vase, at the time of the first French Christian king, Clovis I. St. Louis church deserves more than a visit from home-sick French tourists. It houses beautiful frescoes by Domenichino, in the St. Cecilia Chapel, glorifying that saint, and, above all, in the St. Matthew Chapel, there are three extraordinary paintings by Michelangelo Merisi, better known as Caravaggio, the master of chiaroscuro. The painter's art is present in the ray of light which is pointed at the wall, thus suddenly revealing faces (The Calling of St. Matthew ) and, above all, in the violence and tragedy which fill Matthew's Martyrdom, where, the artist's face appears suddenly from the shadows in the background. Not to be missed !
- Address : Piazza di S. Luigi dei Francesi 5 I - 00186 Roma00186Roma
- Phone : 0668803815
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