About the Church of St. Louis of the French in Rome:
In a city full of beautiful churches, this has to rank up there as one of our favorites. It is the national church of France in Rome, and, with its magnificent Baroque architecture, is an art-lover’s dream, especially if you are a fan of Carvaggio.
The church houses some of the most famous works of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610). He was known for the way that he emphasized the contrast between light and dark that you will find in most of his paintings.
On either side of the altar you will find “The Calling of St Matthew” and “The Martyrdom of St Matthew”. When the original proposed main altarpiece was deemed unacceptable, he was also commissioned to paint what is now the main altarpiece….. depicting St Matthew and an angel.
A few blocks away, in Piazza Navona, in the Church of Saint Augustine, you find another one of his famous works: the “Madonna di Loreto”.
Finding the Church of Saint Louis of the French in Rome:
The church is located a short walk from Piazza Navona….perhaps a nice little stroll after lunch.
Address: Piazza di S. Luigi de’ Francesi, 00186 Roma RM
Tel: +39 06 688271
email: use contact form on their website.
Click here for the official website of the Church of St. Louis of the French ( S. Luigi de’ Francesi)