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“great little find”

Santa Cecilia in Trastevere
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Rome Trastevere Walking Tour
Ranked #104 of 1,735 things to do in Rome
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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.
Reviewed January 27, 2013

we just happened into this 12th century church one evening waiting for a restaurant to open. what a find! apparently this church was built over the home of St. Cecilia - a wealthy woman who dedicated her life to God and was martyred. first they tried to suffocate her and when that didn't work, they attempted to behead her. that didn't work either but she did die from those wounds. we were a little creeped out when we first saw the statue beneath the alter but then came to find out that it is a marble statue of her remains that they say have never deteriorated.

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Reviewed December 3, 2012

The beauty of the St Cecilia statue made from how her body was found after centuries entombed, is so different and incredibly beautiful. Lying on her side with the obvious wounds on her neck from the attempt to decapitate her. Her marble sculptured hands and feet are just exquisite. Worth a trek to see. She is the patron Saint for Music

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Reviewed October 22, 2012

This church has the ancient format with a courtyard. The interior is baroque and has a lovely statue of the martyred St Cecilia. There are some underground areas comprising the older ruins which can be explored.

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Reviewed October 21, 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!

1  Thank nancyjackathens
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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.

2  Thank Dane B
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