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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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  • This basilica is not as aesthetically pleasing as the cathedral or other churches of its size, but its significance is important to the faith. Here you will find the reliquary of St. Catherine, her he...  more »
  • Not the most beautiful cathedral but a great hulk of a building on the edge of Siena. With the reliquary of St. Catherine (her head and a thumb) on display there is the gruesome aspect of religion, bu...  more »
  • Not a stunning piece of architecture, but take a guided tour to understand why only Catherine's head and finger are located here and the significance of the 17 flags. Worth the time to visit. No photo...  more »
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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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