Santa Cecilia in Trastevere, Rome

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#55 of 459 in Historic Sites in Rome
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. Using our online itinerary creator, Rome attractions like Santa Cecilia in Trastevere can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Fabulous church. Has an incredibly beautiful crypt. There is a small church below the main church that seems to be all frescoes and mosaics. I was not able to see the Last Judgement frescoes. The Sist...  more »
  • That's right, when you walk down Rome wonders never cease. From the outside it looks like a church like many, but this basilica was built over the House of Roman martyr Cecilia and her husband Valeriano. Has been restored and rebuilt many times. Interesting the courtyard/garden that greets visitors after crossing the baroque portal. In the Center is a giant Christian amphora resting on square bathtub. Remarkable and impressive architecture of the tower.
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  • Know how to get, so found quickly. The Church is interesting in itself, but still have the crypt and choirs with a very beautiful frescoes Cavallini. Normally, frescoes from afar, examine here they are at eye level and you can touch with your hand. Impressive ... And yet. try to pronounce the phrase into the microphone in Italian: "Vorrei visitare il coro con affreschi del Cavallini". Here was a real adventure.
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  • Just fantastic, one off it not my favourite spots in Rome.
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