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Basilica di San Domenico

Piazza San Domenico, 53100 Siena, Italy
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Ranked #13 of 56 attractions in Siena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Traveler Description:   San Domenico (St. Dominic) was founded by the Dominicans in 1125. The basilica contains the head and finger of St Catherine of Siena in a... more »
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west yorkshire
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75 reviews 75 reviews
9 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I have been on organised visits to Siena before but have never been taken to the basilica before.It has quite an interesting history and is apparently on the pilgrims road which travelled from England,through France and through Italy to Rome. It was dedicated to Dominic and was begun by the Dominicans in 1226 and was built on a hill overlooking... More

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Roslyn, New York
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20 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

An extremely beautiful church, one of the nicest we visited during our trip to Italy. Requires an admission ticket, but worth the expense.

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Non si paga il biglietto d'ingresso, l'ingresso è libero. No ticket free entrance More

Birkenhead, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

The restrictions on this place for visitors needs to have one more added: no hats if you are a bloke! The senior of the two church officials actually knocked my hat off (technically assaulting me) when I declined to take it off "because it was a church" and then told me to get out of the basilica...not good

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Signore, Lei ha offeso i nostri funzionari con parole razziste… In Italia quando si entra nei luoghi dii culto per... More

Mihara, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

☆☆☆☆☆I think that we should visit Basilica Cateriniana di San Domenico when we wish to know much more the city of Siena. Of course when research the structure and landscapes of Siena, even if we stay in Siena by the tourist guide books. By visiting La Basilica, we will be able to understand the medieval city Siena by to experience... More

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Chapel Hill, NC
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85 reviews 85 reviews
26 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

There are many magnificent basilica's in Italy and compared to them, San Domenico at first seems insignificant, but once you step inside and soak in its history you'll appreciate its simplistic splendor. If you first see this cathedral from the front, you don't realize just how large it really is. It is not until you are climbing the hill behind... More

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Tallmadge, Ohio
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

I always make it a point to stop here. Of course, the head of Saint Catherine of Siena is the (morbid) draw, but the fact that the church continues to update is fascinating after seeing so many duomos that are time capsules. There are chapels and artwork as recent as 2006 and as old as 1200s. Must see! For three... More

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North Bay, Canada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

The basilica is not nearly as busy as the main basillica in Siena and is completely different in feel. The windows are beautiful, like modern art. The views from the property back towards Santa Maria della Scala are pretty spectacular too.

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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93 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

I must admit it wasn't St. Catherine which brought me to Siena so I couldn't appreciate well enough the church and her relics would have been appreciate much more by somebody else. Despite that, it's worth learning of her story, especially her courage for engaging with politics in the church - quite inspiring, isn't it?! Apart from her story, there's... More

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Alnwick, United Kingdom
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96 attraction reviews
192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

The Basilica Caterinaria di S. Domenico in Siena is a majestic building, well worth visiting. Entry is free and one can enjoy finding out about the life of St Caterina, patroness of the town. The church is grand and has wonderfully coloured windows above the altar. Relics of the Saint are on view including a thumb which may be a... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

This basilica was a few steps from our hotel so we gave it a visit. The price is free, and while not as dramatic, large, or art filled as the Duomo, we enjoyed the quick visit maybe 1/2 hour.

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