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Basilica di San Domenico

Piazza San Domenico, 53100 Siena, Italy
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Ranked #15 of 54 Attractions in Siena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: This church features the shrine that contains the mummified head of the renowned Saint Katherine.
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59 reviews 59 reviews
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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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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
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Chatham, United Kingdom
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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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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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