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Santa Cecilia in Trastevere, Rome

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches, Tourist Spots
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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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  • This church has lovely simple garden outside and a magnificent inside with mosaics ,but the highlight is to ring at the nun's apartments on the left side and they will let you see the spectacular pain...  read more »
  • The attention is wonderful and very good food. Outstanding place as all trastevere. We went to dinner.
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  • The church is dedicated to St Cecilla who was martyred in AD230. The church itself probably dates back to the 4th century had has a great alter canopy with a fresco of the Last Judgement by Pietro Cav...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Love the statue of St Cecilia under the altar, painfully realistic
  • The church and convent of Santa Cecilia in Trastavere in Rome was built over the home of St. Cecilia, an upper-class woman who owned a house on this site and was martyred in the 3rd century. Her body was found incorrupt in 1599, complete with deep axe cuts in her neck; a statue under the altar depicts the way it was found. Excavations of Cecilia's Roman house can be toured underneath the church.
  • We went there in the evening on a Saturday in late may (it was open), that was very nice.
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