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“another ancient church”

Basilica di San Domenico
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Owner description: This church features the shrine that contains the mummified head of the renowned Saint Catherine.
Lisbon, Portugal
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“another ancient church”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

Another old church but without many attractions. The biggest curiosity is to be the chapel of St. Catherine of Siena.

Visited October 2012
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Ontario, California
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“so special and unique”
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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London, United Kingdom
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“simple but beautiful church”
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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New York, New York
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“If you're in the neighborhood--take a peek”
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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Toronto, Canada
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“Not a great cathedral but charming and special”
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.

Visited October 2012
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