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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  • In my guide about this object did not have references. I receive this landmark on the map, and we flocked to it. Not typical for Italy, ascetic decoration, but the height-!
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  • An important part of the history of Siena explained in this basilica and the theme with Santa Caterina. Very nice structure.
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  • Admission is free, it is not possible a photo shoot the walls are not just empty, filled with decorations. Garnish with a small altar in the middle of the torch in the middle are the remains of a beautiful, Virgin also has been enshrined and beautifully decorated. There are two prizes in the shape of the head is enshrined in gamsile, vaguely spooky. Here's a trip Advisor reviews of Bonnie says it's a real Virgin. All of the Church's stained-glass oddly contemporary art style.
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  • The history of the place is very interesting and the relics first rate, though the Duomo has a lot more to catch your eye.
  • A very holy place. What on earth is that stained glass behind the altar? Rules should definitely be enforced when it comes to photography, it's hard to pray when you've got a line of people trying to take photos behind you and interrupting you.
  • The place may be right if youre into relics - what really put me off was when i learned they wont let a bus of christians get in as a whole - what? Seriously? Yes
  • A nice place. Big! It was under construction when we were there. It made it difficult to get really nice pictures.
  • What a special place to visit. They have the saint's incorrupt head on display in a lateral chapel. The inside is perhaps surprisingly austere- having a guided explanation helps. There is a gift shop. And if your group wants to have Mass, there is a lovely, intimate chapel directly behind the side chapel with her head. St. John Paul II celebrated Mass there and the staff are very accomodating. Calling a day or two ahead of time is sufficient.

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