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San Luigi dei Francesi

Façade of San Luigi dei Francesi, National Church in Rome of France.

Basic information
Location Piazza di S. Luigi de Francesi
Italy Rome
Geographic coordinates 41°53′59″N 12°28′29″E / 41.89972°N 12.47472°E / 41.89972; 12.47472Coordinates: 41°53′59″N 12°28′29″E / 41.89972°N 12.47472°E / 41.89972; 12.47472
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Titular church, National Church in Rome of France
Leadership Andre Vingt-Trois
Mgr Patrick Valdrini
Architectural description
Architect(s) Giacomo della Porta, Domenico Fontana
Architectural type Church
Architectural style Baroque
Direction of façade E


Completed 1589
Length 51 metres (167 ft)
Width 35 metres (115 ft)
Width (nave) 14 metres (46 ft)

San Luigi dei Francesi is a French church in Rome. It was build by Giacomo della Porta who completed it in 1859. The church is found near the Roman Pantheon, Piazza Navona and the French Cultural Center. The main attraction are some Caravaggio paintings; The Calling of Saint Matthew, The Inspiration of Saint Matthew, and the Martyrdom of Saint Matthew.

The outside facade was also done by Giacomo della Porta as a decorative piece apart from the actual church. It shows French heroes and saints like Charlemagne and Saint Louis.

The church is also a burial site for Pauline de Beaumont, Frédéric Bastiat, and Cardinal François-Joachim de Pierre de Bernis.

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