The Church of Il Gesù in Rome

The Church of Il Gesù in Rome may not be quite the landmark that Notre-Dame de Paris is, but its influence has spread further. It was a radical innovation five centuries ago, and time has not reduced its ability to overwhelm.


Brompton Oratory in London

The Baroque style of Il Gesu travelled to the poorest corners of the world to the richest enclave of London.

A clear view of the high altar was one of the innovations at Il Gesu.

Christ incarnate was to be proclaimed as boldly as possible; and for those with good eyesight, the tabernacle and monstrance were now immediately visible to anyone entering the front door of the church.

"The Triumph of the Name of Jesus"

The ceiling fresco is a triumph of trompe l'oeil majesty.

The painting in the St. Ignatius chapel provides a surprise at 5:30pm every day.

Every evening, to the sound of sacred music, a painting of Christ with the Jesuit founder slowly slides out of view to reveal a gleaming statue of the saint standing alone.
The statue of St Ignatius is revealed once the painting descends into the floor.

The Je.suit monogram is easy to spot at Il Gesu