Santa Cecilia in Trastevere

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The Basilica of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere (Latin: Sanctae ceciliae trans Tiberim ) is a Roman church, dedicated to Saint Cecilia. The church is located in the Trastevere district of Rome, west of the Tiber and only a few kilometers south of Vatican City.


The St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music, died in 230 AD at the site of this church martyred. After their tormentors had tried in vain to kill them by scalding, the saint was beheaded. In the 4th century the first church was built on the site of their former residence. The body of St. Cecilia was long considered lost until it was discovered in 820 AD in the Catacombs of San Callisto on the Appian Way outside Rome. In response, Pope Paschal I build up the church and re- bury the bones of the saints in it. In the 13th century, the decoration of the church was decorated with frescoes by Pietro Cavallini.


Under the church from the 9th century, The walls of the first church built in the 4th century and the remains of a Roman tannery.

The early Romanesque mosaic in the apse of the church dates back to the 9th century. The Altarziborium by Arnolfo di Cambio and a fresco of the Last Judgment by Pietro Cavallini date from the 13th century.

Above the altar is a marble sculpture of the Holy by Stefano Maderno.