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Santa Cecilia, Rome

Santa Cecilia - Rome, Italy
Santa Cecilia
Via Anicia 12, Rome, Italy 00153Map
Piazza di Santa Cecilia
+39 06 4549 2739
Neighborhood: Trastevere - Testaccio - Aventino - Gianicolo
Overview

The Chiesa di Santa Cecilia is one of the most noteworthy churches amongst Rome's medieval churches known for its valuable works of art. The statue of Saint Cecilia is placed under the main altar over the saint's grave and is the artistic work of Maderno. The sculptor depicted Cecilia in the same way in which her body was found during the excavations of 1599, with a long cut in her neck, which caused her death after three days of agony and after having undergone the martyrdom of suffocation by boiling vapors. The altar is of great architectural importance because of the gothic canopy by Arnolfo di Cambio which shrouds it. The altar also holds the work of Reni, the Decollazione della Santa. The cloisters can be entered through the left-hand aisle and are worth visiting.

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Santa Cecilia General Information
  • Open Hours: Monday to Sunday from 09:15 AM to 12:45 PM, Monday to Sunday from 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
  • Type: Religious
  • Nearest Train: Trastevere/Mastai
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