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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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Ancient Frescos

Basilica San Dominico is in a high position and is rather spectacular. Inside there is an incredible range of old masters artwork which are in fresco on the walls. The tributes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Basilica San Dominico is in a high position and is rather spectacular. Inside there is an incredible range of old masters artwork which are in fresco on the walls. The tributes and relics of St Catherine are well worth the visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This basilica is situated on the hill just outside the city center. It can be easily accessed from the car and coach park before going into the centre of the city itself and from here you have a good view of the Duomo and the rooftops of Siena. The basilica was founded by the Dominicans in 1125, the current church... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Honestly, there is nothing about this basilica that stood out from the dozen others I already saw this week except for the tons of scaffolding inside and the fact that St. Catherine's head is kept here.

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

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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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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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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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 

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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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