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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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  • San Domenico is worth the visit if you are in Siena. Does not have the majesty of the cathedral....but beautiful art work. You have to see how well the priests treated themselves. No wonder there was ...  more »
  • The Basilica's out side does not even hint the inside beauty... I would have liked to take pictures... but not allowed... 
  • The very reason why most tourists come to see this gothic Cathedral is to view the severed head of it's Saint that has been preserved here since 1380. There is another treat, that could be worth a vis...  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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