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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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  • One of the largest and most important churches of Siena was built in 13th century after the arrival of Dominicans in the city. Free admission.
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  • This large church she composes the overall appearance of Siena, and is built of the same material as the whole town, so it fits nicely. It's worth to go and look into it (free of charge). The Interior is completely different than most Italian churches. Huge unadorned interior but very nice. Why, however, definitely go to him is a nice view of the city, just a short walk from it.
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  • Basilica from imposing volumes, unfortunately severely damaged over the centuries. Preserved by the Dominicans Catherine's head exposed to the public.
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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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