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Saint Cecilia at the Santa Cecilia in Trastevere (Rome) Church. Perhaps some context will help ... Saint Cecilia was a Christian that the Romans felt a need to get rid of. So they locked her in the steam room of her bath for three days in an attempt to make her death look like an accident. She refused to succumb. They then resorted to an axe to the neck. It took three blows to finally kill her. When she was disinterred several hundred years later, her body was miraculously completely intact for a moment before it crumbled to dust: but the sculptor was there, and saw it, and carved this very moving image.

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Photo © 2009, Giles Orr 
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