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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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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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Siena, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

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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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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 

Castlegar, Canada
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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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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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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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Additional Information about Basilica di San Domenico

Address: Piazza San Domenico, 53100 Siena, Italy
Phone Number: 390577286848
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Siena  >  Siena
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 6:30 pm

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