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You are along the route: COURAGE FROM FAITH. THE SITES OF MARTYRDOM
Piazza di Santa Cecilia, 22
Basilica: every day 9:30-12:30 and 16:00-18:30. Free entry
Crypt and ruins: every day 9:30-12:30 and 16:00-18:30. Coro delle Monache: every day 10:00-12:30. Admission fee.
The building stands on the Roman house deemed to be that of San Valeriano, the husband of Cecilia, who was martyred in the third century AD. Inside, the ceiling is decorated with the fresco of the Apotheosis of St. Cecilia by Sebastiano Conca (1727). The right hand nave leads to the underground part of the basilica of the ancient domus and, in particular, the calidarium, where according to tradition the agonising martyr was exposed to steam for three days before being beheaded.
Under the main altar is the tomb with St. Cecilia by Stefano Maderno (1600): The sculptor portrayed the woman’s body as it was found at the time of the 1599 survey of the tomb.
The left nave leads to the Coro delle Monache, which preserves the fresco of the Last Judgement by Pietro Cavallini (1293), among the most significant works of pre-Giotto painting in Rome.