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Basilica Cateriniana Di S. Domenico

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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...more
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Piazza San Domenico, 53100, Siena, Italy
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All reviews st catherine patron saint no photography light a candle stained glass windows on display pope gregory old masters catholic faith enormous building interesting place to visit worth a visit hill overlooking nice church peaceful place the main attraction rich history
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Nice little Basilica called Oratorium der Contrade with famous frescs and paintings of the 17 century; by the altar is a colored wooden statue of St. Caterina.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Manuela L
Reviewed 22 January 2019

The church holds the relics of Siena's patron saint, St Catherine of Siena.The only original portrait of her by her friend Andrea Vanni is here. Cathetrine Benincasa was the daughter of a tradesman. At the eight she devoted herself to the Lord and began to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Kyle S
Reviewed 18 January 2019

How amazing to actually see St. Catherine of Siena! Her relics have been here since 1383. Since our visit, we have inadvertently been to many other named St. Catherine of Siena churches, schools, statues, etc. She is everywhere. Very memorable experience.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank kurteg
Reviewed 17 January 2019

From the outside there is a breathtaking view of most of Siena, including the Duomo and city hall tower. The church itself, was built in the 13th century in a Gothic style and contains the relics of St Catherine of Siena.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank thomasozbun
Reviewed 13 January 2019

In comparison to many basilica's we had visited throughout Italy, this is a plain church with very few benches - strategically placed but the history is compelling. St Catherine decided at a very young age that she wanted to be a nun. She wore chains...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Lissy0717
Reviewed 6 January 2019

Amazing it was partially destroyed during an eathquake, including the tower. This basilica was a very short walk from St. Catherines house and our Hotel Grand Continental, skipping some of the more steep paths to and from the Duomo and Piazza del Campo. There were...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank raybyerley
Reviewed 20 December 2018

A lovely church and a very important one for Catholics.St Catherine of Siena has her head preserved here and this is a major pilgrimage centre.The exterior is very plain,but impressive if viewed from lower streets.Also close to the Casa di Santa Caterina,where she lived.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 16 December 2018 via mobile

This church sits ominously at the top of a hill overlooking Porte Fontebranda. The church is relatively plain, both inside and out. It is not ornately adorned as many other Italian basilicas. However, it is unique in its impressive wood-beamed roof. And, there are many...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 28 October 2018

it was the first place to visit during our trip to Siena it's a sober church, with a history of almost 800 years relics of Saint Caterina could be found there, an altar is dedicated to her it's a place to be closer to God,...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank PopisteanuG
Reviewed 26 October 2018

There is so much to take in, even with a knowledgeable guide. It may take more than one visit to really enjoy all that is on display.

Date of experience: October 2018
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