Santa Cecilia in Trastevere is a beautiful ancient church, off the mainstream Trastevere restaurants and night life district. 5th-century church in Rome, Italy, devoted to Saint Cecilia, in the Trastevere rione.
The church is devoted to the Roman martyr Cecilia, martyred by the late fifth century. St. Cecilia was a native of Rome, of a good family, and educated in the principles and perfect practice of the Christian religion. In her youth she by vow consecrated her virginity to God, yet was compelled by her parents to marry a nobleman named Valerian. Him she converted to the faith, and soon after gained to the same his brother Tiburtius. The men first suffered martyrdom, being beheaded for the faith. St. Cecilia finished her glorious triumph some days after them.
Santa Cecilia hosts a poignant statue of the saint, which depicts the three axe strokes described in the 5th-century account of her martyrdom.
If you wish to visit Sante Cecilia, have a look at my walking tour in Trastevere post.