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Basilica di San Domenico

Piazza San Domenico, 53100 Siena, Italy
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Ranked #16 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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Chatham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We visited the Basillica with our family and it was the most serene place I have been in. The ambience is so calming - simply beautiful. Read up on St. Caterina before your visit so you have an understanding of this Saints life as when you enter the Basillica if will bring a deep meaning and understanding. A highly recommend... More

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Lake Placid, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We went here specifically to see the saint. Her head is nicely displayed in a side chapel as well as some relics. The Church itself is rather plain. Some modern stain glass windows are near the front altar. If you are not interested in St. Catherine, then there is little reason to visit this church.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Impresive to see the head of Santa Caterina de Siena. She was not beheaded, but was brought from Rome as a relic, to Siena. You have to see it!!

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west yorkshire
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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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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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5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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