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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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  • Any trip to Tuscany will surely involve visiting churches and cathedrals. The Basilica di San Domenico in Siena, though quite plain on the outside is nevertheless worth visiting. The 17 flags of the m...  more »
  • Coming from the lower part from via Fontebranda, you can't say that this church is majestic, Grand and imposing the stand on top. The large church built in the early years of the twelve hundred and later expanded it in its Gothic style cross plan brick very simple and linear, preserves an important relic, The St Catherine's head placed in a special chapel built on purpose. Admission is free, a great work that deserves a nice visit at leisure.
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  • Despite being large, close to the other churches who met in Italy, was one of the least caught my attention. But once you go into town, it pays to get to know her. There is no cost for entry.
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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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