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Basilica di San Domenico

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Address: Piazza San Domenico, 53100, Siena, Italy
Phone Number: 390577286848
9:00 am - 6:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:30 pm

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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A beautiful church rich in history and culture

This church, like most churches in Italy and Europe, has a rich history. We were lucky enough to have a local tour guide explain to us all of the wonderful meaning behind the art... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Nathaniel G
Wollongong, Australia
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Wollongong, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This church, like most churches in Italy and Europe, has a rich history. We were lucky enough to have a local tour guide explain to us all of the wonderful meaning behind the art, flags, statues and Windows that were in the church. The mosaic windows are vibrant in colour but are relatively new feature due to the church being... More 

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I walked by this church several times during my 8 days in Siena, and finally decided to go in. One of the tour books describes it as a "hulking brick box" and it is certainly cavernous on the inside. I was glad to see it though, if only for the great contrast with most other churches I visited in Siena.... More 

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

This basilica short walk from the main center, but if you want to see the requilary severed head of St. Catherine, this is your place. The church itself isn't fancy compared to others you'll see but it's still a significant part of history and worth the stroll to see it. The place doesn't allow pictures but has a small gift... More 

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East Wenatchee, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

This was in important part of our tour of Siena. Again our tourguide gave us great information. Then we strolled to the site of the famous horse race.

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Wichita, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

Very much enjoyed our visit to San Domenico. Very interesting history, beautiful stained glass. Yet another impressive Italian architectural and art preserve.

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Belgrade, Serbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

When you enter this enormous building it is amazing to see that there are no supporting columns. It is huuuge! Entrance is free. It is worth to stop and see.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

We stopped in this church whilst walking round Siena. It's quite large, but has a big empty space is and is not hugely adorned. You will find in here the supposed mummified remains of Saint Catherine on show- being a dismembered head above the altar in a side chapel, and a box with a thumb in it nearby also. It... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

The basilica is very close to Casa di Santa Caterina and is between the cathedral area and the bus station. Free to visit, the enormous basilica is worth a short visit. As it is high up, you can also get good photos of the cathedral from just outside the basilica.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

The Basilica is large and dominates the area around it. It actually is more impressive outside than inside, as the interior is an austere Gothic style. But inside you will find the relics of St. Catherine of Siena, which will appeal to some, and some minor but interesting artwork from the 15th and 16th centuries. It is exceptionally well preserved... More 

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Linz, Austria
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

This large Gothic church is situated in the south western part of the city close to the Medicea Fortress and to the post office. Superstitious papists believe that St Catherine's head is in this church at the altar and a chapel named after her was built in 1460 to add to the 13th cent church. Catherine had many of her... More 

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Non è vero che "papisti superstiziosi credono che vi sia conservata la testa di Santa Caterina". Ci sono numerosi documenti... More 

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