¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 brings us to the tomb of St Cecelia on the left hand beside the via Appia- sometimes called “Capo di Bove” from the wreaths and oxen skulls which encircle the frieze above. It is a circular structure about ninety feet in diameter built of stone. The high foundation is chiefly of brick but thickly dotted with large stone blocks to give it strength.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 An old woman was on hand to unlock the street door and give us admittance into the ruined court of another building adjoining the tomb- From that court a wide passage leads straight into the centre, a circular high opening, about twenty feet diameter, and by measurement I found the outside wall to be thirty five feet thick.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Facing the road a marble tablet bears the inscription “Caecilia Q Cretici Filiae Metellae Crassi”, i-e. the daughter of Metellus Creticus wife of the wealthy Triumvir Crassus-
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 In the 13th century the Gaetani converted it into a castle by adding on the top above the frieze a brick structure with pinnacles- across the road are the extensive ruins of a Palace and church built of brick about the same time and destroyed in the 16th century by Pope Sixtus 5th.