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Basilica di San Domenico, Siena

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Medieval Basilica di San Domenico dates from 1226, and still contains the original rectangular nave and transverse roof beams--as well as the head and finger of St. Catherine of Siena. Legend has it that her mother begged the Dominicans to bury St. Catherine's body at Siena, and as a compromise they sent only her head. The cathedral's towering transepts and small chapels are home to a plethora of Renaissance frescoes and paintings--including the only genuine portrait of St. Catherine of Siena, by Andrea Vanni. Put Basilica di San Domenico into our Siena family vacation planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Very large basilica with wide open space. Interning paintings line the walls. But the main attraction that will draw people are the remains of St. Catherine of Siena. In a small side chapel they have ...  more »
  • Went to San Domenico as part of a guided tour round Siena. The church itself is so bound up with the history of Siena, especially their patron saint. There's a huge expanse when you enter, but you can...  more »
  • Church overlooking part of town; well kept, clean and really great. Classical shape of a cross. Inside, in addition to all the flags of the contrade of Siena, you notice how likely it would be far greater than what you see today (then unfinished). Free entrance
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  • I mean, How often do you get a chance to see a 635 year old Saint's head in a bronze box?
  • So much history, beauty, art, and architecture. Amazing.
  • Less than attractive, if a little plane. But its a big one.
  • Being renovated @ the moment but worth the visit
  • Church where displayed the head of a woman... something more morbid I can't think. Inside there is a nefarious character that comes out to matonear so do not take photos. Some churches are graveyards of human virtues. They disgust!
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