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Basilica di San Domenico

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Address: Piazza San Domenico, 53100 Siena, Italy
Phone Number: 390577286848
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Description: This church features the shrine that contains the mummified head of the...
This church features the shrine that contains the mummified head of the renowned Saint Catherine.
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One reason to go to the Basilica Di San Domenico.

Forget the Crypt of Saint Catherine. Go to the Basilica di San Domenico and gaze at the relic that is her head. Yes, her real head is on display, though no photos or videos are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 16, 2015
CliftonJim
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Sacramento, California

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Words can't really describe it. It is beautiful, magnificent, grand, just go see it. The inside frescos are amazing and so well preserved

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Forget the Crypt of Saint Catherine. Go to the Basilica di San Domenico and gaze at the relic that is her head. Yes, her real head is on display, though no photos or videos are permitted. The church is very impressive. When I was there, they were renovating one end of the wooden roof. There is much scaffolding during the... More 

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Aviano, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Once again a beautiful piece of history that was preserved for all to see. We loved the history and the pictures that we took were amazing. Can't wait to print them out and hang them on the wall

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Cisano sul Neva, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This basilica is famous for custoding Saint Catherine's head and many great pictures in which are figured some episodies of the life of the Saint.

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Siena, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

My husband and I currently live in Siena, and we adore this small medieval city. When we have guests visit, one of their most memorable sights is the display of St. Catherine of Siena's head inside the Basilica of San Domenico. It is also a beautiful example of the kind of church the "normal" Sienese would have experienced. This is... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

This is a big old barn of a place. Not much art or decoration to strike the visitor with awe, just a workaday church (which is wonderful), with worshipers at popular altars on a larger campus. It's up on the other side of the 'valley' from the main sites of Siena--the Duomo and Il Campo and there is a wonderful... More 

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federico m, Direttore at Basilica di San Domenico, responded to this review

Dear Mister. Our Basilica is NOT a barn. She visited very quickly the Church. He has not seen the frescoes of Ambrogio Lorenzetti or Antonio Bazzi. We have a beautiful sacristy with paintings of 1400. The Basilica is rich in art and history, next year is 800th anniversary of its founding. We are not a site serier b. Studies before... More 

Castlegar, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

The outside of the building was very impressive with the pink marble and the black stripes. The inside was also very interesting with the ceilings and all of the statues along the ceiling a must to see will visiting Siena

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Elk Grove Village, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

The church itself is not that special, but, in a small side altar is the ACTUAL mummified head of St. Catherine of Siena who died in 1380. A real glimpse of the medieval mind.

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Valle Crucis, North Carolina, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

This church has so much history - especially related to St. Catherine of Siena. It is huge and has a lot of artifacts inside that are fascinating.

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Greenwood, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This church is just a few dozen meters up the hill from St Catherine's House (also worth visiting). Photography inside is prohibited. It is large, simple and doesn't have much fabulous art. What is does have is two first class relics of St Catherine - here finger and her head. There is no entry fee and this one is well... More 

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Additional Information about Basilica di San Domenico

Address: Piazza San Domenico, 53100 Siena, Italy
Phone Number: 390577286848
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Siena  >  Siena
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 6:30 pm

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