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The Church of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere: photo, description Santa Cecilia in Trastevere)

Santa Cecilia in Trastevere, the Church of the 5th century in Rome in Trastevere, dedicated to Saint Cecilia. The first Church on this site was probably founded in the 3rd century by Pope urban I - even then it had the name of the Roman Martyr Cecilia, who was executed by order of the Emperor Alexander Severus. According to legend, the temple was erected on the Holy place of the house. This is partly confirmed by the finds made during the excavations under one of the chapels of the Church. In 822 year the Church was rebuilt, then was moved here the relics of St. Cecilia. Other restoration work took place only in the 18th century.

The facade of the Church Santa Cecilia in Trastevere was built in 1725 by the architect Ferdinando Fuga: it encloses a courtyard with ancient mosaics, columns and a small fountain. From the decorations of the facade can be called a family coat of arms and a dedication to cardinal Francesco Acquaviva d'aragona, who financed the restoration work.

Inside are preserved wall paintings of Pietro Cavallini of the end of the 13th century and kivoriy the same period in the presbytery. Gothic kivoriy surrounded by four marble columns, decorated with statues of angels, saints, prophets, and evangelists. In the apse you can see fragments of mosaics of the 9th century. Chapels of the Church is decorated with works of Antonio del Massaro and Luigi Vanvitelli, and the nave is decorated with a fresco by Sebastiano Conca. It is also worth to observe the altarpiece by Guido Reni. A prominent landmark of the Church is the sculpture of Saint Cecilia performed by a master of the late Renaissance Stefano Maderno. Sculpture for a few decades ahead of similar creations of the masters of the early Baroque - Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Melchior Kaffa.