Founded probably in the 3rd century, by Pope Urban I, and devoted to the Roman martyr Cecilia. Tradition holds that the church was built over the house of the saint. The baptistery of this church, together with the remains of a Roman Imperial house, was found during some excavations under the Chapel of the Relics. Pope Paschal I rebuilt the church in 822, and moved here the relics of St. Cecilia from the catacombs of St Calixtus. More restorations followed in the 18th century. Among the artifacts remaining from the 13th century edifice are a mosaic depicting the Final judgment (1289-93) based on designs by Pietro Cavallini in the chorus of the monks, and the ciborium (1293) in the presbitery by Arnolfo di Cambio remain. Among the most remarkable works is the graphic altar sculpture of St. Cecilia (1600) by the late-Renaissance sculptor Stefano Maderno. This sculpture reportedly is modelled on the saint’s body as seen in 1595, when her tomb was opened.
Open :10am - 13am | 4pm - 7pm
Schedule ( according with your booking )
- Meet the guide at the meeting point at the given time.
- Rich the site of the visit.
- The visit will begin with the tour guide.
- At the end of the explanations walk to the next site of the program.
- If you have no other visits included this will be the end of the tour.
What You Should Bring
Nothing specific for this visit but bring a photo camera for the pictures.
Is a transportation included in this visit ?
No transportations included. Only if you booked separately .
Is there a dress code for this visit ?
YES in the churches a dress code is requested: shoulders and legs need to be covered; cover your legs down to the knees.
Do you need a Transportation ?
If you need a pick up to join us at the tour starting point please let us know.
We can provide you a car or a van transfer service.
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