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“Beneath the church” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Church of Santa Cecilia

Church of Santa Cecilia
Piazza Santa Cecilia 22, 00153 Rome, Italy
39 6 589 9289
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Ranked #47 of 687 Attractions in Rome
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
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Owner description: This Church was constructed between 817 and 824 AD, on the site of an earlier fifth-century building, and features a grand courtyard, garden, twelfth-century bell tower and a gothic tabernacle by Arnolfo di Cambio.
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“Beneath the church”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Every inch of Rome seems to lie on top of layers and layers of the past and this church is no exception. St Cecilia was martyred here in the 3rd century and a church built to honor her in the 4th. Under the church, rebuilt in the 9th century, lie the crypt with incredibly beautiful mosaics which is reached by wandering through the remains of her house and a tannery. Unlike many other sites in Rome, we shared this incredible journey into the past with one other couple!

Visited October 2012
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“Relaxing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

We really enjoyed Santa Cecilia as it is out of the really touristy areas. Walking, from the Tiber it is only about 6 or 7 minutes through very narrow streets and genuine neighborhoods. We were lucky enough to visit while the Nuns were singing their afternoon prayers and there was only another couple visiting at that time. The inside is stunningly beautiful, and coupled with the lack of visitors and the chanting Nuns, it became a much needed break from the crowed tourist areas.

Visited June 2012
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“Reflecting by the pool”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

It's been a while since I were inside the church, and since many people have shared their feelings and wonderful photos, I'll just share their sentiment that this place is well worth visiting. It is in the less trodden area (by tourists) in Trastevere, but you can combine your visit for example with the Porta Portese "flea market". This is actually a good combination. After the intense crowds and the mercantile spirit of Porta Portese, you can enjoy the silence in the church's beautiful courtyard.

I agree with others that the place is underappreciated, but in moments like this one is also quite happy with it.

Visited November 2011
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“The most under-appreciated church in Rome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

The Church of St. Cecilia in Trastevere combines the history of ancient Christianity with magnificent Renaissance art and religious sanctity. A garden courtyard with an elegant reflecting pool graces the entryway to the church, which was built on the site of Cecilia's home when she was martyred by Marcus Aurelius. Sculptor Stefano Moderno shows the saint in peaceful repose, the folds of her garment gracefully draped over her body -- just as he swears he saw her when her body, uncorrupted by death a millennia earlier, was exhumed in 1599. Moderno's oath is carved in the marble stone before the statue at the base of the altar. The facade of the church dates from around 1740, and the bell tower from around 1100. Stunning frescoes, mosaics and paintings adorn the bright and airy interior. Not to be missed: the remnants of Cecilia's ancient home underneath the church, for a small admission fee.

Visited May 2012
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“Worth a visit in Trastevere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

Very pretty church in Rome's Trastevere neighborhood. Founded on the site of Cecilia's actual home, the first church at this location was established in the 3rd century. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Cecilia_in_Trastevere

While the church is free, definitely pay the 3 euros to see the church's underground, especially the incredible chapel in the crypt. And, on the very hot day we visited, it gave us a great opportunity to cool off.

Visited June 2012
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