Built in the 16th century at the request of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Chiesa del Gesù is the main Jesuit edifice of Rome.
Financed by Cardinal Alexander Farnese, the church is first impressive with its façade – designed by Giacomo Della Porta – but above all with its Baroque style interior where noble materials such as gold and marble perfectly blend. The vault – designed by Giovanni Battista Gaulli – is adorned with a beautiful fresco called “Triumph of the Name of Jesus”.
Finally, Chiesa del Gesù is renowned for the Chapel of Saint Ignatius – Spanish soldier who founded the Jesuit order – and for the Stanze di Sant’Ignazio – room where this soldier lived until his death and now is adorned with a magnificent trompe-l’oeil by Andrea Pozzo.
The Church is open from 7:00 am to 12:30 am and from 4:00 pm to 7:45 pm
Hours recommended for visits: from 4.30 pm to 7.00 pm
The entrance is free.