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Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

While visiting in Rome I was intent upon visiting this basilica erected in honour of Saint Cecilia-the patron saint of music.
Cecilia was an early Christian martyr but also a wealthy roman woman. The basilica is reportedly built upon the place where her villa once was.
Legend is one thing but seeing is believing.
The basilica is a work of art that leaves one speechless upon entering.Silence is repectfully and effortlessly observed by visitors. The experience is one of pure awe.

And now for the legend about the villa. We followed our noses into an ante room where a Benedictine nun asked for a donation so that we could go downstairs. We paid the fee and descended the stairs to....the excavated villa!!!! So many rooms and corridors and mosaics, artifacts! Truly a wonder!!! And so authentically yet aesthetically presented.
Truly a labour of love and a "Must See" if you are in Rome.

1  Thank Joan M
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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!

Thank Elaine M
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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.

1  Thank Tom B
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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!!

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.

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