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. Using our online itinerary creator, Rome attractions like Santa Cecilia in Trastevere can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This is another of the must see churches in Rome. Make sure that when you visit you must explore the myrid of underground excavations, the history is quite remarkable and beautiful. Its not even a yea...  more »
  • Beautiful church and beautiful take it whole without losing part of the subsoil. It cost us to find it, but it is worthwhile.
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  • We stayed across the piazza from this all week - it has variable opening times and we of course had lots to do - so we kind of ignored it. I raced in on my last morning when the doors opened and so wa...  more »
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  • Just fantastic, one off it not my favourite spots in Rome.

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