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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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Homage to St. Catherine of Siena

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 12, 2014
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Vienna, Austria
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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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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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I love that this church sits up on the hill, all quiet and unobtrusive, unlike so many other Duomos and Cathedrals in Italy. But when you enter this church, there is a peace and tranquility I just love. It's beautiful inside and has many side alters for worship. The best part...they have preserved Saint Catherine's head in a glass box... More 

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Spokane, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

This church contains a relic from St. Catherine, the patron saint of Italy. That alone made it an interesting visit. It is huge inside, many examples of antique art on ceilings and walls. We enjoyed the experience. Like many of the churches no photos were allowed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This is a beautiful building, and while the interior is much less 'decorated' than the smaller churches in Siena, it is still very impressive. We sat for a little during a mass (not being a religious person I had never been to a mass before). People were walking in & out either sight seeing or to pay their own personal... More 

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Kilkenny
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Having visited her body in Rome, we decided to see her head and finger in Siena!! This is a place of worship and pilgrimage for many. It is a very basic bare church compared to many, and the relics of St. Catherine of Siena was our main reason for visiting.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

It is difficult to get too excited at religious relics – even those of a notable saint such as St Catherine of Siena but the Basilica di San Domenico is an large building on an imposing site and the reverence shown to the relics has to be respected. The building itself is rather nondescript with some indifferent modern glass but... More 

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