Santa Cecilia in Trastevere, Rome

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#56 of 526 in Historic Sites in Rome
An off-the-beaten-path church in Rome, Santa Cecilia in Trastevere stands atop the former home of a wealthy woman martyred in the 3rd century. The exact story of Santa Cecilia's life and martyrdom is unclear, but she likely lived from 175 to 250 CE. Inside the church, discover the statue underneath the altar, which depicts the martyr's body exactly as it was found in 1599 after exhumation. If you look closely you'll notice the three severe axe cuts in her neck, modelled accurately by sculptor Stefano Maderno who was present when the tomb was opened, and whose promise to record the body as found reads on a marble slab in front of the statue. The relatively bland exterior of the church hides the graphic recreation of Cecilia's body, as well as mosaics, murals, and impressive columns. Venture below the church to tour the remains of Cecilia's Roman home. Using our online itinerary creator, Rome attractions like Santa Cecilia in Trastevere can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • To visit absolutely in Trastevere, together with Villa Farnesina and S.M. in Trastevere. The Church and the Crypta of St. Cecilia are very beautiful.
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  • Cecilia is the patron saint of music. She was the daughter of a Roman aristocrat, and she was beheaded and martyred. It is enshrined in the center of the church in the appearance. I got to know him locally, and he said that he always made a mistake here. The church is in a little bit of a place and looks like this is a church! I feel that it was not feeling. There are ruins in the basement, and it seems to be able to visit. About three euros. It is a place to visit again.
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  • As a musician visiting Rome I had to come here. Lovely little church off the beaten track. No queues (apart from waiting for it to reopen after siesta!), free entry, less strict rules for entry than other churches.
  • Church dedicated to one of the greatest saints, very nice and quiet place
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