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“so special and unique” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Basilica di San Domenico

Basilica di San Domenico
Piazza San Domenico, 53100 Siena, Italy
0577286848
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Ranked #17 of 54 Attractions in Siena
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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“so special and unique”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

with all those flags the huge canvas celebrating episodes from the life of Santa Caterina , as soon as you enter the city it is a great introduction to siena

Visited November 2012
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“simple but beautiful church”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

This chapel is dedicated to St Catherine the patron saint of Siena where her incorrupt head and finger enshrines in a gilt encasement on the side altar. And on this church on your right as you enter you will find the genuine portrait of St Catherine by her friend. The structure of the church is simple but beautiful with gothic stained glass windows and a bell tower. Somberly impressive and quiet compared to Il Duomo in the center of town.

Visited October 2012
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“If you're in the neighborhood--take a peek”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

To my tastes, the church doesn't have a coherent look. Architecturally, it's not striking or particularly significant. It is big, though, cavernous, really. Mostly empty inside, it's most famous for the side altar, where St. Catherine's head and thumb reside. Frescoes by Sodoma flank her relics.

Many of the stained glass works are modern, particularly the ones behind the main altar. I'm not a fan of very modern stained glass when it's added to an old church, but it certainly gets your attention!

Visited October 2012
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“Not a great cathedral but charming and special”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

The famous fresco of St. Catherine of Siena is here and it is close to her "house" The new stained glass windows are interesting as are the new bronze doors. It isn't the most beautiful church and a bit of a mish mash but has it's own charm.

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“More than just St. Catherine of Siena's chapel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

More than just the chapel for St. Catherine of Siena and her relic -- also has stunning stained glass windows - many from post WW-II.

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