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. Arrange to visit Basilica di San Domenico and other attractions in Siena using our Siena online travel route planner .
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  • August 18, 2017
    A very austere but full of history place of worship which is still functioning. It houses the head of the city's most famous daughter, St Catherine of Siena (1347 - 1380). Catherine died in Rome after...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    The Church has grown, raw silhouette is impressive. Before the Church arcygenialny, an expansive view of the old town, one of those classic, famous postcards. The Interior of the astonishing volumes the empty space. A little interesting images (to the left of the input image from a Polish Holy, Jack (san Giacinto) passing of Lviv with the monstrance and the statue of the Madonna. At the end (rear) of the Church increase-and there is a good portrait of St. Catherine, b. close to the original. And in a side chapel, among the frescoes, something for people with strong nerves. Zmumifikowana head of the Holy patroness of Rome, Italy, Europe and my. The history of this relikwiii look, but please note, is gruesome. entrance free
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  • August 13, 2017
    Historically important site in Siena which houses the relics of St. Catherine, and pays tribute to her life. Her head and finger are the main attractions of this 13th-14th century edifice which a bit ...  more »
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  • This church is dedicated to St. Catherine of Siena one of the doctors of the church. Worth a visit for those who like to connect better with the life of the saint.
  • Good views of siena
  • St Catherine skull and thumb is here as are all the flags of Siena
  • I mean, How often do you get a chance to see a 635 year old Saint's head in a bronze box?
  • Less than attractive, if a little plane. But its a big one.

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To enjoy panoramic views of Siena's historical old town, check into a luxury hotel in the city center. If you are looking to escape the activity of the main tourist areas, consider staying at a hostel or guesthouse just outside the central areas. Private multi-room villas in the residential neighborhoods offer landscaped outdoor space and secure parking. For something a little different and considerably less expensive, explore one of many B&Bs in the vineyards and olive groves of Siena's countryside.
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