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Basilica di San Domenico

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Address: Piazza San Domenico, 53100 Siena, Italy
Phone Number: 0577286848
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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 Katherine.
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You'll never see this again

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
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Elk Grove Village, Illinois
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Castlegar, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

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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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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24 reviews 24 reviews
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4 helpful votes 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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Aiea, Hawaii
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I might have walked by this basilica had it not been pointed out to us. Except for it's size, it kind of blends in with the other buildings and doesn't jump out at you like other churches. The interior is very nice but not spectacular like most of the other churches we had been to on our tour of northern... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

If you come to Siena by bus that makes a stop at Piazza Gramsci, then St. Dominic Basilica is a great starting point for the tour about the town on the way to Campo and Duomo. It is an impressive gothic church dated back to the 13th century. The interior is splendid and worth a visit. This place is famous... More 

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Markham, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Really enjoyed visiting this basilica. Pretty vast in size and yet it felt very tranquil & serene. Having read about St. Catherine of Siena's life, it was strangely fascinating to see her head & finger relics on display. Worth a visit.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

This is probably worth a visit, if you have an interest in St. Catherine, the joint patron saint of all Italy with St. Francis of Assisi.

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Memphis
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

The first thing I noticed were the stained glass windows. Many more wonderful works of art. Catherine's finger (could be reproduction) is in the case. Why?

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Ellettsville, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We enjoyed seeing the numerous art pieces and artifacts depicting the life of St Catherine of Siena.

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