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“Worth the visit if you have time -- mile and a half from vatican”

Santa Cecilia in Trastevere
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Underground Basilicas and Foro Boario Small-Group Walking Tour
Ranked #109 of 1,477 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.
Rome, Italy
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“Worth the visit if you have time -- mile and a half from vatican”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013

We dropped by on Wednesday of Holy Week (week before Easter Sunday), and the church was closed/locked shut. Fortunately, there was a service scheduled for 30 minutes after our arrival, so we decided to wait. We were glad we did -- the service consisted of the local nuns singing hyms. It was a beautiful and simple service. I just enjoyed the simple, wonderful sound of the hymns sung a cappella by the nuns.

The church itself doesn't cost anything to go inside and visit. However, after walking around the church, we paid 2.50 Euros each to walk around the excavation and crypts under the church. It was well worth the 2.50 to see the ancient excavations of houses that were there before the church was built. (Tip: If you're in a small group there for a pilgrimage versus just a tourist stop, give the nun a little extra donation for the church.)

Overall, the outside of the church is nothing special -- it's in a dirty (dog poop littered) neighborhood. The grounds must have been beautiful at one point in the past, but it's not kept up as well as it should have been. The inside of the church, like most of the churches we've visited in Rome, is beautiful.

Some of the members of my party were part of their parish choirs, so the church had special religious significance for them: St. Cecilia is considered a patroness of church music.

Visited March 2013
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful frescoes”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

Look for the hidden frescoes. They are splendid and really worth the effort to find them. Ask for them in the little shop. You will probably have to buy some of the convent's produce on the way out.

Visited March 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“great little find”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited January 2013
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Apia, Samoa
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“statue unlike no other”
4 of 5 bubbles 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

Visited February 2012
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Chicago, IL
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“Neighborhood church.”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited October 2012
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