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Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala

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This museum complex, which houses the National Archaeological Museum of Siena, began as a pilgrims' hostel and orphanage, then served as a hospital from the 10th century to modern day.
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Piazza del Duomo 1, 53100, Siena, Italy
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All reviews religious relics hospital ward enormous complex fascinating museum wonderful frescoes two hours works of art take pictures well worth the visit take your time siena cathedral archaeological exhibits pilgrims chapel collection reliquaries
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful and impressive, we enjoyed our visit very much, it is certainly worth going and pay the entrancefee

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank hulstgeocacher
Reviewed January 17, 2019

Relics from many saints, at least one apostle, blood from Christ and part of the True Cross. I wish there were some explanations in English, instead of guessing what the Italian version really meant. Exploring underground rooms and crevasses revealed bone piles from indigent patients...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank kurteg
Reviewed January 14, 2019

We had not planned to visit this complex right after spending 2 hours in the Siena Cathedral but when we got out , it was raining ! Since the Complesso Museale is just in front of the Duomo , we just crossed the Piazza and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank belleretraite
Reviewed January 8, 2019

This place has beautiful art, frescoes and history going back to the 1400s and maybe earlier. I thought the older history and exhibits on the lower levels were the most interesting. It just took along time to get down there through this semi-confusing maze of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank raybyerley
Reviewed November 3, 2018

We went to the acropolis section of the "oespedale" to see the old, damaged frescoes and Etruscan tomb stuff. Both of these were memorable to us from our visit there in 2012. The museum in this area is interesting, because you literally go back in...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank michaelmartman
Reviewed October 13, 2018

Spent a good two hours here and could have stayed longer. The chapel is a good but the underground areas with the excavations and tunnels is something to see and explore.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank TerryfromToledo
Reviewed October 2, 2018

The complex of Santa Maria della Scala, opposite the Duomo, served as a hospital for more than eight hundred years. It was, actually, one of the first examples of the “social abode”, the hospital not only for sick, but a caring facility for children, pilgrims...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Borzov
Reviewed September 13, 2018 via mobile

We loved this museum..it was an old hospital and is very surprisingly decorated. It's much larger and much more interesting than expected and is definitely worth a visit. The price of admission includes an audio tour (which you can pick up in the garderobe/cloakroom area)....More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank DvTh
Reviewed September 10, 2018

Visit this complex to see the wonderful frescoes that are situated in the Pellgrinaio. The building was established to provide shelter for pilgrims on the way to Rome. It is situated opposite the Duomo. The Ospedale also provided care for the sick and elderly, took...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Lesley S
Reviewed July 4, 2018

We were expecting a hospital museum but it is far more than that! There were your traditional works of art, relics of saints, crypts but very pleasingly there were a range of exhibits by very modern artists as well. It is a lot larger than...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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