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Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala
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Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala...
Ranked #11 of 156 things to do in Siena
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed June 24, 2013

We paid our €6 entrance fee not really knowing what we were going to see and we were stunned! The building is a vast array of rooms and crypts and the frescos were amazing.
The main part of the building which was used as an Infirmary and Pilgrim's hall is covered in 15C frescos depicting the work of the hospital.
The building also houses the Archaeological museum and has a large collection of artefacts gathered from around Siena as well as a coin collection.
Although we spent a few hours here we could have spent a lot longer......fascinating place!

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Reviewed June 4, 2013

Well, you'd be amazed what stuff is within this museum.Not only is there a nail from the cross once owned by Emperor Constantine,there are several other amazing relics to feast your eyes upon.If you think that's it ,then go down into the subterranean archeological museum and you'll see loads of Etruscan and Roman mind blowing artefacts.

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Reviewed May 12, 2013

This is a very nondescript building right across from the Duomo, there's a small church which is nothing to speak of but they had a side door open with a glimpse of some frescoes, so we bought tickets....three hours later, thru labyrinths and multiple stories of chapels, we finally emerged dazed....it's an astounding place....especially the black and white chapel right out of of an Anne Rice vampire novel.....GO GO GO!

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

The best part is the spooky lower level with all the religious relics, little tunnel pathways that you think will leave you lost down there forever!
The frescoes showing the history as a hospital are great, amazing from hundreds of years ago.

1  Thank Joanne F
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

As reported by other reviewers, much of this complex is closed for renovation, but if you are interested in early Renaissance art or the social history of the middle ages, it is definitely still worth a visit. The well preserved frescoes that line the walls of the old hospital are amazing! They show the work of the monastery in marvelous detail, depicting scenes from the hospital and the lives of the abandoned children that were taken in by the monastic order. However, do check which sections are open before committing to a ticket.

1  Thank SienaK_12
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