"An awe-inspiring masterpiece" Gesł Tip by Tijavi
Gesł, Rome: 13 reviews and 39 photos
Gosh! Wow! And for the more religious: Alleluia! These are probably the words you''d utter when confronted by the magnificence of Chiesa del Gesu, the Jesuits' first church in Rome, where the order's Spanish founder, St Ignatius Loyola actually lived in from 1544 until his death in 1556.
The interiors, whose master designer Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola is a student of Michelangelo, is a masterpiece of gold and marble. The most dramatic frescoes are by Giovanni Battista Gaulli (also known as Il Baciccia) whose ingenious perspectives made the figures appear to be hanging in suspension from the ceiling (picture 3). Baciccia also designed the cupola frescoes, which were too rich an artwork for my uninitiated eyes (picture 1)
The Jesuits spared no expense in building this masterpiece to attract followers to their fold. Hundreds of years on, the main audience may be the tourists, but the reaction would have remain unchanged: one of inspiring awe.
PRACTICAL TIP: As in most churches in Rome, you need to drop a euro to reveal the glorious frescoes that adorn the church's cupola and ceiling. Needless to say, it is a euro WELL spent - what you are about to witness is simply priceless.
Address: Piazza del Gesł
Directions: Near Piazza Venezia
Phone: +39 06 69 70 01
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