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“Spectacular Destination”

Santa Cecilia in Trastevere
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Underground Basilicas and Foro Boario Small-Group...
Ranked #98 of 2 010 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 17 February 2018 via mobile

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the many, many historic and architecturally significant churches in Rome. Yet, we found ourselves drawn to them over and over again.

But St Cecilia in Trastevere was different. And it was easily our favorite (setting aside St Peter’s) because of the art, the moving Moderno sculpture, and the underlying story of Cecilia.

We did go downstairs into the crypt, which is worthwhile for both the tomb but also the 3rd century AD history.

Highly recommended!!

Thank bmenner
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"patron saint"
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"last judgement"
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"nuns singing"
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"pretty church"
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Reviewed 12 February 2018

Definitely make the effort to go during the more limited hours when you can see the excavations and the Cavallini frescoes. For the excavations, turn left when you come in the front door and go upstairs to pay the nun on duty. The excavations were much larger and much more beautiful than I had expected. For the frescoes, go outside to the courtyard at the front of the church. Facing the church, ring the buzzer on the door to the left at the convent. No one will expect you to be able to talk to them, they will just buzz you in. Go in and pay the fee to the attendant, who will summon a nun to take you to see the frescoes. No photos allowed, but the fresco is very big and the colors are very bright. When you are looking at the fresco, note the screen behind you, which allowed the nuns to attend Mass in the church while staying cloistered.

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Reviewed 12 February 2018 via mobile

Perhaps this may be odd to some, but I actually enjoyed visiting Santa Cecilia Church more than the Vatican! It was very beautiful on the inside and the exterior, and the sculpture of Saint Cecilia, by Moderno, was fantastic to see. This is a must visit for anyone wishing to feel a spiritual connection to the patroness of music and poetry. The archeological excavation site is brilliant too, especially with its golden mosaic underground.

Thank travel101travel
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Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

We stayed across the piazza from this all week - it has variable opening times and we of course had lots to do - so we kind of ignored it.
I raced in on my last morning when the doors opened and so was pleased I did! Full story on Wikipedia. A beautiful church with an astonishing, moving altar sculpture in particular. A working nunnery. Worth seeking out.

Thank Janekiwi
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Reviewed 31 December 2017

We had been to this church years ago to view the Pietro Cavallini Last Judgment fresco. You ring the bell at the entrance to the left at the front of the church and tell them you want to view the fresco. You are admitted. You pay your €2.50 per person entrance fee, then you are taken by elevator to the second floor to view the fresco, as the vigilant nun watches your every move. No photos are allowed. Entrance to the fresco is Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Underneath the church are interesting excavations. At the back of the church is the entrance where you pay €2.50 per person then descend the stairs to the "scavi." They are open daily from 9:15 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. then again from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. The nun at the scavi was selling wonderfully fragrant lavender items and other home made goods.

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