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“Historically interesting”

Basilica di San Domenico
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Private Tour: Siena Walking Tour
Ranked #14 of 154 things to do in Siena
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Owner description: St. Catherine passed a large part of her life inside the walls of this stupendous Basilica, which was one of the first to be dedicated to St. Dominic. It was begun by the Dominicans in 1226 on the hill of Camporegio which they had received as a gift from the Malavolti family. Most of the actual rectangular nave and the inside roof with its tranverse beams, all in Gothic Cistercian style, go back to this epoch.
Reviewed July 4, 2012

There are some very impressive new Stained glass windows in the Basilica. The new one to the left of the altar inspired by the art forms of Marc Chagall is different and unusual.

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Reviewed June 6, 2012

We attended mass here on Sunday morning. Very nice mass. This church is very tall and gigantic on the inside. Love the shrine to Mary.

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Reviewed May 22, 2012

A pretty ordinary church with limited art. The big interest is the chapel with head of St. Catherine.

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Reviewed May 22, 2012

On a roadtrip, we went to Siena. We visited a number of attractions, amongst other this basilica.

It's a huge building, but inside it's mostly empty. That is, you won't stumble over chairs, benches and so on. You may stumble over people though. It's apparently quite a hot spot and I found myself surrounded by many guided tour groups. Annoying, because they won't keep their voices down. Or keep from flash photographing the fragile objects of art :(.

If you're reading this and intend to visit this place, or other churches like them, please refrain from (flash) photography, so the next generations can appreciate the preserved objects. Besides which, the organizations that opened the doors for visitors ask at the entrance not to use your camera. So be decent and stow your camera okay?

I've made a shot of the outside, so I can only try to describe some of the frescoes and sculptures. Most frescoes depict the life of one of Italy's most revered saints, S. Catharina. Various sculptures enrichen the interior. Make sure to take a look at the chapels, they hold some nice wood carvings. I found it hard to make out details, because of the light. Most frescoes and paintings hang quite high, so the light coming in through the windows obscured the subjects by reflecting them.

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Reviewed May 22, 2012

As Italian churches go, this one is pretty ordinary. But it's easy to get to, at the top of the hills that lead down to Il Campo, and it's free. So walk through and check out the head of St. Catherine of Siena. Then head down to the Duomo.

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