Casa di Santa Caterina

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Casa di Santa Caterina
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The house of the Patron Saint of Europe.
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Albany, NY691 contributions
Nice Chapel
Nov 2019
We stopped at the Casa di Santa Caterine di Siena. It was early evening in November and the courtyard was in shadow. We stopped and quietly admired the Chapel.
Written March 6, 2020
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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia4,519 contributions
St Catherine's magnificent history
Jan 2020
In addition to St. Francis of Assisi Italians have another patron saint as a nation, namely Saint Catherine of Siena. A woman who, in her short earthly and great spiritual life, bore all the hardships and problems of the Church of her time. The shrine of St. Catharine of Siena presented us with the environment in which she lived during the 14th century. The native house of St. Caterina of Siena was transformed into a sanctuary in 1464 and there you can find many signs about her life. Catherine Benincas was born on 25 March 1347 in Siena, Fontebranda Street. She was the penultimate of the 25 children born in the large family as a twin sister with Giovanna that shortly after the birth dies. Her father Giacomo Benincasa and mother Lapa Piacenti were a wealthy family. They were engaged in dyeing fabric and leather. Siena was a rich city, and their wealth was based on the wool trade. Katarina since her childhood has been searching for silence, prayer, solitude, and regularly visits the nearby Basilica of Saint Dominic held by the Dominican Fathers. At only six years old (1353) she had her first vision. Over the roof of St. Dominic's Basilica, she saw a smiling Christ seated on a throne in papal garb accompanied by the apostles Peter and Paul and St. John the Evangelist. She decided to join the Dominicans, but as the family objected, she decided to cut her hair in protest. In isolation, she sought clarity and a path for three years. She watched God’s heart carefully to learn how to live according to God’s plans. Living in great intimacy with Jesus, in one vision Jesus instructed her to consecrate herself to the apostolate.Thus, she spent the rest of her life caring for the sick of the plague, visiting the poor, reconciling quarreling relatives, traveling, pursuing high politics and reconciling citys i states, advocating for the restoration of the Church and the return of Pope Gregory XI to Rome from Avignon. She found strength in the Eucharist. She did not eat anything for days, only receiving the Eucharist. So small, illiterate, St. Catharine became a Church scholar and co-protector of Europe: building in herself, in a deep dark cell, a place of encounter with God. She's worthy of awe. The House-Sanctuary consists of various environments, on the right the Chiesa del Crocifisso (Church of the Crucifix) (the artwork from which the St. Caterina received the stigmata in the Chiesa di Santa Cristina in Pisa in 1375), on the left the Oratorio Superiore (Upper Oratory) with beautiful majolica floor, the Oratorio della Camera frescoed in 1896 by Alessandro Franchi, and the Chiesa di Santa Caterina in Fontebranda, with a wooden statue by Neroccio and paintings by Della Pacchia and Sodoma.
Written March 4, 2020
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Rockville, MD120 contributions
Moving place to see but no photos allowed inside
Oct 2019
Since I used to go to Mass at a St. Catherine of Siena, a visit was a must! We visited during our walking tour of Siena. We enjoyed our tour and seeing where she slept and prayed. No photos allowed.
Written February 19, 2020
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Sydney, Australia6,776 contributions
The Sanctuary is a complex of buildings including a church and two chapels that were built over the house of St Caterina
Jun 2019
There is a TripAdvisor listing for "Casa di Santa Caterina which I believe refers to the same set of buildings. This complex, the first buildings of which were turned into a sanctuary in 1464, consists of four main buildings which were built over the old house and gardens of Saint Caterina's family home. These buildings are:

1. The loggia and portico. this structure runs along the right hand side of the property from the entrance from the road and stops at an archway, with several steps down, to a porch in front of the Church of the Crucifix. The loggia and portico is only relatively recent, having been built in the 1940's, to honour Saint Caterina being proclaimed Patron Saint of Italy by Pope Pius XII. There are busts of Pope Pius XII and also of Pope Pius II who proclaimed her a Saint in 1461 and Pope John Paul II who proclaimed her patron of Europe in 1999.

2. Church of the Crucifix. This church dates from the early 17th century and was built to hold the Crucifix from which Saint Caterina received the stigmata in 1375. This small church has a single nave and is built in the shape of a Latin Cross. The crucifix is housed in a gilded frame that sits on the very ornate marble high altar. The ceiling of the church is covered with beautiful frescoes and gilded stucco ornamentation. The high altar and those on either side of the transept are a mass of polychrome marble and gold with some wonderful 17th and 18th century paintings, largely depicting scenes in the life of Saint Caterina.

3. Oratorio della Cucina. This relatively small rectangular oratory, which was originally the family's kitchen and later had some other living rooms added, dates from the late 16th century. The entrance to the Oratory is directly opposite the entrance to the church. This is a quite stunning Oratory with a blue coffered ceiling with gilded rosettes, a majolica floor (which is largely covered to prevent people walking on and damaging it) and a series of massive paintings on all four walls, largely dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, depicting scenes in the life of the Saint.

Next to this Oratory is quite a large shop selling religious memorabilia and other souvenirs. There is also a life-sized statue of Saint Caterina with her arms outstretched.

4. Oratory of the Chamber. There is a stone stairway outside of the shop which takes you down to this Oratory where again there are a series of paintings of the Saint, many depicting scenes from her life as a child. At the back of this Oratory though is the cell and stone bed where the Saint used to live and sleep. Very humbling.

This complex is well worth a visit and is free to enter.
Written September 30, 2019
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Pittsburgh, PA92 contributions
Simple, humble, and beautiful!
Jun 2019 • Friends
I visited here already knowing a little bit about St Catherine of Siena. But this spot brought a comfort and peace to me, and I wish I could spend more time here. It's lovingly maintained & has a great gift shop, and it's free.

St Catherine, ora pro nobis!
Written June 16, 2019
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New York City, NY65 contributions
Quick visit - interesting
May 2019 • Couples
We briefly stopped here for a quick visit while on a walking tour. We enjoyed it particularly because the local guide explained it to us. Without a guide, it would not have been nearly as interesting unless you understand the history.
Written June 4, 2019
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Thomas Ozbun
Vicenza, Italy982 contributions
Nice place
Feb 2018 • Friends
The Sanctuary/House of St Catherine incorporates the house where St Catherine was born. Inside is a nice Renaissance portico with a fountain and a small yet pretty church.
Written January 17, 2019
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Mandeville, LA2,330 contributions
She was 23rd of 25 children, survived black death time
Dec 2018 • Family
This was a very short walk from our Hotel Grand Continental and the San Domenico basilica, skipping some of the more steep paths to and from the Duomo and Piazza del Campo. There were at least two chapels dedicated to St. Catherine with artwork highlighting her life and reasons for sainthood.
Written January 6, 2019
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Linda B
Raleigh, NC2,203 contributions
Take a's FREE!!!
Oct 2018 • Solo
All of the information listed inside is in Italian. I would suggest you find out as much as you can before visiting. Regardless, I thought it was very interesting and a beautiful setting. This is where the patron saint of Siena lived.
Written December 10, 2018
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Bristol, UK203 contributions
Worth a look.
Nov 2018
I am not a religious person,but will always show respect for those that have.The house is very basic with 2 chapels with lots of paintings and some mementos of St Catherine.For the faithful this is a place worth seeing.Do bear in mind,they have a siesta between 1200 and 1500 hours even in the off season.
Written December 1, 2018
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