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Santa Cecilia in Trastevere

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Address: Piazza di Santa Cecilia 22, 00153 Rome, Italy
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+39 06 4549 2739
09:15 - 12:45
16:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 09:15 - 12:45
16:00 - 18:00

This Church was constructed between 817 and 824 AD, on the site of an...

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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Amazing little gem

This wasn't on our list of places to see but we got lost wandering down the side streets when the church bells started to chime so decided to find out where they were coming from... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This wasn't on our list of places to see but we got lost wandering down the side streets when the church bells started to chime so decided to find out where they were coming from and found this little gem of a church set in a stunning little garden with a pond. Such a beautiful setting and a beautiful church,... More 

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Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Not your typical overbearing church. Lovely Crypt and fantastic Byzantine mosaics. I liked it very much.

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Reviewed 6 January 2017

While in the Trastevere area we were able to gain access to this church, thanks to some musicians who were entering for a rehearsal. The nun inside was far too polite to ask us to leave. The story of her martyrdom is rather gruesome (there is a sculpture of her, which shows the slit across the throat, near the altar)... More 

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Manhasset, New York
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Reviewed 3 January 2017

This basilica is a true gem, and luckily it hasn't been named a top tourist site. My daughter's name is Cecilia and I'm a musician, and since St. Cecilia is the patron saint of music, this place was a must-see for my family. We visited during the Christmas-New Year break but even so, this lovely church wasn't at all crowded.... More 

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Reviewed 28 December 2016

This church is really interesting. It dates from at least the fifth century The main space is beautifully done with an amazing altar and two paintings by Guido Reno, but an equally great attraction lies below. There are fascinating excavations and an incredible chapel that is a true feast for the eyes. The church is located in a less traveled... More 

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Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

We visited Saint Cecelia's Basilica today and loved it. My wife's name is Celia, so this was on the travel plan for us. It takes a little work to find it as it is tucked away on a small street in Trastevere, but on all the maps. The church itself is magnificent and apparently sits atop Cecelia's original home. Two... More 

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Reviewed 15 November 2016

Located on the edge of a shabby area (best to be alert), this church houses beautiful 9th century apse mosaics. The crypt is well worth the 2.5 Euro suggested donation to view ancient granary pits, Roman mosaic floor remains and a delightful chapel to St Cecilia and other martyrs below the alter.

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Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

An ancient church that it is well worth spending the 2.5 euros to visit the crypt. Once you walk through a number of archeological displays you reach the most amazing church in the crypt which has stunning mosaics.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 November 2016

Make sure you go to trastevere when in Rome, as it is such a beautiful area to visit and has plenty of restaurants and bars. It is also nice, as it has 2 amazing churches and this is the one that is least known. We went by mistake, as we were passing by and decided to go in and were... More 

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Reviewed 20 October 2016

Observe the best art masterpiece here, sculpture of St. Cecilia by the late-Renaissance sculptor Maderno. We have just visited San Francesco a Ripa nearby (hosting Bernini's Ludovica) and found an equally striking masterpiece here. Critics say that though the work is done decades before the Baroque period, it has demonstrated great theatrical effects of high-Baroque sculptures. A masterpiece in head... More 

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Trastevere ("beyond the Tiber") is like a faded postcard, a little worn around the edges but still charming. With its wide-open piazzas, meandering streets, weathered Renaissance buildings, and overgrown personality, it's become an irresistible mecca for visitors. Trastevere is an enclave of entertainment - a rotating set of street performers entertains almost every night, and unforgettable eateries and bars pepper its piazzas and side streets. For a trip to the past, visit the southern and western flanks of Trastevere for pockets of yesteryear, less traversed areas with a residual 1960s and 70s Roman vibe.
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