Santa Cecilia in Trastevere

Santa Cecilia in Trastevere

Santa Cecilia in Trastevere
4.5
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9:15 AM - 12:45 PM, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:15 AM - 12:45 PM
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:15 AM - 12:45 PM
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:15 AM - 12:45 PM
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:15 AM - 12:45 PM
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:15 AM - 12:45 PM
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:15 AM - 12:45 PM
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:15 AM - 12:45 PM
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
About
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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Mark M
Ada, MI509 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
Great place. The art work is wonderful - frescos as well as the great sculpture of St Cecilia. Stately entrance to this historic site. Get into the lower level if not is open to see some of the original structure and floors.
Written April 20, 2022
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TracyM4
81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
I loved visiting this old church. It's said to have been built over a saint named Cecilia who was martyred. It's worth the visit if you are in Trastavere. We arrived when it was still light and stayed until it was getting dark. So many beautiful things to see inside. It's also a quiet place to rest inside or out and take in the quietness and beauty.
Written August 29, 2020
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Edwelsh
North Canton, OH6,806 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Friends
If you are in Trastevere and need a break from a hectic day, duck into this basilica. Peaceful grounds, gorgeous church and quite a story. The church is built over her home where they tried to execute her. She lived on and so did her faith.
Written January 30, 2022
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Mary D
Petaluma, CA103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
St. Cecilia is a 5th century church dedicated to St. Cecilia, the saint of musicians. The church was built over the house of the saint. Make sure you go underground!
It is in a very old section of Trastevere and a little hard to find, but worth it!
Written May 14, 2020
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Hsteinmiller
Yorktown, VA632 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Came here because of Stanley Tucci's program "Searching for Italy." Beautiful, tranquil church off the beaten track - there were only two other people in the sanctuary with us. Definitely a plus not being around noisy crowds. Very much worth a detour.
Written October 19, 2023
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,823 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
St Cecilia’s church, the hidden Roman ruins beneath it and the crypt are one of the highlights if you’re exploring the historic Trastevere area. It’s like three separate sights in one.
1. CHURCH - We started at the church which you enter through a monumental, white marble, Baroque entrance. Surprisingly, a much humbler church and a peaceful, green courtyard lie behind it. Under the altar, a white marble figure of an ethereal St Cecilia lies. You’d be forgiven for thinking that the martyred saint was sleeping peacefully but the story is a lot more chilling than that. This is the position that her body was found in after her death. For a long time her body was missing. She’d had a miserably agonising death in AD 230. Her executioners tried unsuccessfully to kill her in her own home (The Chapel of the Bath, on the right hand side of the church, is said to be where they tried to suffocate her). Having botched the job, they tried to behead her but after 3 sword strokes they were still unsuccessful so they left her on the bloodied scaffold, where she lasted for 3 days before dying. Almost 600 years later her body was found inside the San Callisto catacombs. It was miraculously intact and was transferred to the church. Centuries later during church restorations in 1599 her body was exhumed and was found, still in perfect condition, with a veil wrapped around her hair and her face turned to the ground, with the signs of blood and three wounds on her neck. The sculpture was immediately commissioned to capture the exact position of her body and the sculptor, Carlo Maderno, viewed her body before he created the work. Cecilia was re-buried in the crypt.
2. ROMAN RUINS - Next we went down to the Roman ruins and crypt. It’s not immediately obvious where to go because the stairs are at the back of the tiny gift shop near the front doors. Entry to the church is free but there is a small fee/donation to go underneath the church. It wasn’t clear how much of a donation but we gave a €5 for the two of of us, which I think was enough. It is chilly, gloomy and eerie below. We were the only ones there for most of the time - a very strange feeling. These were only uncovered in 1899. We found ourselves walk over large sections of intact mosaic floors which were over 2000 years old and exploring the remains of the walls and columns of several ancient buildings, dating from the 2nd to the 4th century AD. One of these is thought to have been Cecilia’s house. The remains of a tannery can be seen, with 7 large cylindrical brick tubs built into the ground.
3. CRYPT - Finally towards the back of the underground area, we came to the crypt which was built 1899 to house the the tombs of Cecilia, her husband Valerian, her brother Tibertius and the popes Urban I (222-30) and Lucius I (253-54) which were moved there in the 9th century. After walking through the gloomy Roman ruins, the mosaics decorations here are positively luminescent.
4. FRESCO - There is one more area which it is sometimes possible to see. If the door to the left of the entrance is open, one of the nuns may be able to show you through to see the hidden medieval frescoes by Pietro Cavallini. Sadly, the door was shut when we were there so we were out of luck.
Written February 2, 2023
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ostrava
Sudbury, Canada3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
There was a lot written about Santa Cecilia, as a church. The statue under the altar is very touching, and anytime I went there I wanted to touch her shoulder and comfort her.... but there is also the underground of the church, where street life and parts of apartment houses and mill are located, all from the 1st and second century AD. Well worth a visit, a friendly nun will sell you ticket for 3 Euros, and you can roam underground with well explained sites as long as you wish.
Written March 5, 2006
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OnAir25491
New Jersey1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Hard to find but well worth it. The courtyard is simply lovely. There are so many great things about the church. My favorite is Maderno's statue of St. Cecilia - it's stunning. If I could take one sculpture home from Italy, that would be it. Also great are the Cavallini frescoes in the choir loft (not visible from main church) Check out the wings on the angels! The apse mosaic dates to the 9th century and there are several outstanding sculptures/tombs lining the side aisles. Lots of history for a small church!
Written June 25, 2003
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santagaryfe
Santa Fe, NM179 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Friends
A fabulous church in Trestavere. But, the real treasure are the 13th century frescoes by Pietro Cavallini . They are only accessible 10 AM to Noon (every day but Sunday). Go to the small door left of the church and ring the buzzer. A nun will let you in (pay 2 euros each) and escort you up to the frescoes. Fantastic!
Written October 23, 2013
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NickyFitzKenya
Johannesburg, South Africa46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Family
We thought we had churched ourselves out after 3 days in Rome and just happened to pass by Santa Cecilia on our last afternoon so we popped in as a friend who lived in Rome had highly recommended it. Yes, its a beautiful church but most Roman churches are. What made this particular one so special was that by some fluke we were sitting there quietly when 6 nuns came in and sat behind the alter. Then they started to sing accompanied by an another nun on the organ. Soft beautiful voices just singing because that's what they do I suppose each day. No one else was in the church - just us. It was our Rome highlight.
Written June 24, 2013
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