A Tourist in Rome - San Luigi dei Francesi

Location:Two blocks west and one block north from the Pantheon, about two block northeast from the north end of Piazza Navona
Metro:None, perhaps Spagna. An alternate is to take Bus 40 or 64 (get off at Piazza San Panteleo, 2 stops past Piazza Venezia, then walk about 5 blocks north and 2 blocks east from there).
Time:about 30 minutes
Cost:Free
Hours:10 AM - 12:30 PM and 3 PM - 7 PM (closed Thursday afternoon)

San Luigi dei Francesi is the French national church in Rome. The interior is quite ornate with a frescoed ceiling, 3-dimensional plaster figures in the walls and the ceiling, and lots of gold leaf. The highlight of the church, though, is the chapel in on the left side at the front of the church, which displays three of Caravaggio's paintings, which are poorly reproduced by my photos below taken from odd angles. The church is a convenient stop between the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.

    
Looking toward the front of San Luigi dei Francesi
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Looking toward the back of San Luigi dei Francesi
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Angels supprting a rear balcony above the back door of San Luigi dei Francesi
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The Calling of St Matthew, by Caravaggio, in San Luigi dei Francesi
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The Martyrdom of St Matthew, by Caravaggio, in San Luigi dei Francesi
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The Inspiration of St Matthew, by Caravaggio, in San Luigi dei Francesi
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Looking toward the front of San Luigi dei Francesi
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