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“The most under-appreciated church in Rome”

Santa Cecilia in Trastevere
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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.
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“The most under-appreciated church in Rome”
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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New York City, New York
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“Worth a visit in Trastevere”
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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Sumter, SC
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Reviewed July 1, 2012

The Church is hard to find and there is a very small parking lot. The modern church is stunning, but the chapel and archeological dig of St Cecilia's home are jaw dropping and breath taking. This church should be more popular.

Visited June 2012
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Alameda, California
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“Very much worth the trip- especially if you're named Cecilia!”
Reviewed August 5, 2011

I couldn't leave Rome without visiting my namesake! The feeling associated with the Piazza Cecilia is one of solemn reverence. It was very nice to be able to light a candle at the altar. The sculpture of what S. Cecilia looked like in her coffin was quite eerie and if it feels like you are walking above a centuries old crypt that's because you are! The bell tower rang while i was perusing the gift store and made it even more surreal. All but the nativity scene is made in Italy and I walked away with several treasures. The nun was very sweet indeed. And if possible, ask to see the underground chapel dedicated to S. Cecilia (for a couple of euros). If you are with children bring snacks and remember there are only a couple of nearby eateries which close for lunch (from about 1-3pm). Very much worth the trip- especially if you're named Cecilia!

Visited August 2011
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“Definitely worth the time to seek out this church”
Reviewed June 2, 2011

St. Cecilia is the patron saint of both of our kids, so we had to find this church to take pictures for them. I had heard about the statue under the alter sculpted in the likeness of how they found her, and it was very touching to see it in person. Our kids were glad that we took the time to find this church while in Rome. A beautiful church and a nice walk from the Piazza Navona area.

Visited April 2011
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