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“A Hidden Treasure!”

Santa Cecilia in Trastevere
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Ranked #76 of 1 973 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 25 March 2018

We searched for this church with our GPS and were right upon it without knowing, its entrance is so inconspicuous. Ask for directions if you don't see it - but don't miss it! There are simple, pretty gardens at its entrance. The church is beautiful and we had the additional treat of the resident nuns singing for their afternoon vespers. Gorgeous acoustics! The story of Cecilia is very touching as is the beautiful statue by Moderno in the glass casket. We actually enjoyed touring this simple church more than the Vatican!

Date of experience: October 2017
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"patron saint"
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"beautiful church"
in 23 reviews
"last judgement"
in 8 reviews
"nuns singing"
in 4 reviews
"late renaissance"
in 3 reviews
"roman houses"
in 3 reviews
"small fee"
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"small church"
in 5 reviews
"ring the buzzer"
in 2 reviews
"high baroque"
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"current church"
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"pretty church"
in 2 reviews
"archaeological site"
in 3 reviews
"no photos allowed"
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"main church"
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"century ad"
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"well worth the visit"
in 4 reviews

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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

Fabulous church. Has an incredibly beautiful crypt. There is a small church below the main church that seems to be all frescoes and mosaics. I was not able to see the Last Judgement frescoes. The Sister at the door would not let us in, for some unknown reason. I really wanted to see this.

Date of experience: February 2018
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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!!

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank bmenner
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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.

Date of experience: January 2018
3  Thank 234worldtraveler567
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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.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank travel101travel
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