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Santa Cecilia in Trastevere, Rome

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An off-the-beaten-path church in Rome, Santa Cecilia in Trastevere stands atop the former home of a wealthy woman martyred in the 3rd century. The exact story of Santa Cecilia's life and martyrdom is unclear, but she likely lived from 175 to 250 CE. Inside the church, discover the statue underneath the altar, which depicts the martyr's body exactly as it was found in 1599 after exhumation. If you look closely you'll notice the three severe axe cuts in her neck, modelled accurately by sculptor Stefano Maderno who was present when the tomb was opened, and whose promise to record the body as found reads on a marble slab in front of the statue. The relatively bland exterior of the church hides the graphic recreation of Cecilia's body, as well as mosaics, murals, and impressive columns. Venture below the church to tour the remains of Cecilia's Roman home. Plan your visit to Santa Cecilia in Trastevere and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Rome vacation planner.
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  • Probably never visited the Basilica, if not looking for it specifically. Away from tourist routes. Basilica in honor of St. Cecilia, Patron Saint and martyr of Christian music. According to legend, the temple was erected on the site of the Holy House. Partly this is confirmed by the finds made during excavations beneath one of the chapels of the Church. In 822 year the Church was rebuilt, but then moved here the relics of St. Cecilia. It is known that when in the year 1599 sarcophagus with the imperishable relics of Saint Cecilia was opened, Cardinal Sfondrati appealed to the young Stefano Maderno with the request to capture for posterity an image of a martyr in marble. The sculpture "the martyrdom of St. Cecilia". According to the legend the sculptor depicted the body such as saw him. In the apse you can see fragments of the mosaic 9-th century. In the Church is the fragments of fresco "the last judgement" Pietro Cavallini (1293). The ceiling is decorated with a fresco "the coronation of St. Cecilia" (1725). Above the altar is a wonderful Gothic canopy created in 1293 year an Italian sculptor and architect, Arnolfo di cambio. In the underground part of the Basilica can be seen on the remains of dwellings. In the same crypt is located under the altar where you placed the sarcophagus of Cecilia. The entrance to the underground part of the charged-2.5 euros. Taking pictures is prohibited. Camera stand. The entrance of the store in the Basilica, the money you need to pay monashke, which sits there. To view the murals need to emerge from the Church courtyard and ring the doorbell of the monastery is on the left side of the entrance to the Basilica, along the same façade. View charge-2.5 euros. Taking pictures is prohibited.
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  • It is not only the statue of the Holy Body to catch the visitor's attention, albeit of rare beauty, but the fresco of Horses located in the monastery of Benedictine nuns, next to the Church. You should play, at set times, and bid: the view of the "last judgement" and a small "Annunciation" (partially visible) alone is worth the visit.
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  • St. cetulia is buried in this church. It is one of the most respected Cecil called St. cetulia, the patron saint of music and blind in the ancient Christian Saints. St. cetulia is a devout Christian, had converted to Christianity in her heathen husband and her husband's brother, but was converted to Roman soldiers came to arrest her husband and brother-in-law (Maximus). Then three people beheaded and cetulia also was forced to convert from the District Commissioner. The effect was killed, she resolutely refused to converted, so it soaks in the hot water. To be beheaded, from execution three times blades receive better hoops head stickin to my torso. She died three days later in a pool of blood, and left. Remains were buried in the catacombs, discovered in the first half of the 9th century by Emperor Valeska I, along with the remains of her husband was buried in the Church of the present. And without rot if it is flowing at her grave was opened in 1599, and her remains were found, ready to come to life as was lying, as sword wounds in the neck are clearly visible with the appearance. In Rome it is boiled to this miracle. "Statue of St. cetulia" as seen on made by Stefano Maderno was laid on the altar. Is a painful wound in the neck of the appearance was as beautiful as shining. This church is definitely wanted. Holy cetulia relations is what ten years ago. I was enrolled in the University glee club. "St. cetulia Solemnis" is played on the 55th anniversary of regular concert first stage during the second year. This song is omagari composed by Charles Gounod, spans real 50 minutes playing time. Learned the name of Saint ceturyna in choral music. And also in the song this song was dedicated to St. ceturyna.... This mass is the mass dramatic and inspiring. From this moment on "St. ceturyna" became the name unforgettable. And it was this church caught my eye when you are choosing a tourist destination in the trip to Rome this is named "Saint ceturyna". I want to go to the Church and strengthened, we wish had been fulfilled. Altar canopy repair in could see partially hiding behind the mosaic sheet is also dark, couldn't see clearly. There are fewer tourists, but shining "statue of St. ceturyna" only in a very quiet, very mysterious impression. Did not know that when you visit an underground chapel in the Church of. It is a very beautiful painted ceilings and floors of marble Church. I think if the tourist Trastevere district come to come to this church.
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  • Beautiful basilica dedicated to St Cecilia, patron saint of music. A nun was playing the organ when we were there - very atmospheric. Peaceful with not too many tourists. Closed at 1pm and not open again until 4.30pm.
  • Enjoy the beautiful statue of St. Cecilia under the main altar. The excavations below are also interesting from an archeological point of view as they tell us about urban development of the time. The chapel under the altar is majestic.
  • Enter scavi through gift shop at north transept to see ruins of a 2nd century house. Also moving marble statue of saint cecilia.
  • Exquisite site to visit regardless of whether or not music / musicians are a part of your life. The original church in the vaults is stunning, dating back to early early Christians in Rome. The statue of St Cecilia's miraculously preserved body is at the front of the altar, and worth pondering over whilst remembering that there is little dispute that she existed and was buried here (her religious story is less certain).
  • Beautiful basilica in the heart of Trastevere