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Basilica di San Domenico

Opens in 16 min: 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Open today: 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
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“st catherine”(33 reviews)
“patron saint”(11 reviews)
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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As featured in 3 Days in Siena
Piazza San Domenico, 53100, Siena, Italy
+39 0577 286848
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 28 January 2014

An interesting church, admission is free. I would be hard pressed to explain how I went to Siena and did not see St Catherine. The gift shop is good. St Catherine medals for every price point. The mummified St Catherine may be a little spooky...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 16 October 2017

Heading says it all for me. I travel the world as i get older. Many fascinating things to experience. But, unless you frequent this site, you won't remember anything about it other than "St. Catherine's Mummy (or part of it) is "supposed" to be here....More

2  Thank Mikewinburn
FedericoMuzzi, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Basilica di San Domenico, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2017
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Lei è veramente un turista poco attento. Non vede i dipinti di Antonio Bazzi, Lorenzetti, Guido da Siena, Giorgio Martini......More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an enormous building, but mostly empty! Om entering there is just a great space which does not seem to serve any purpose, the actual congregation area is well away at the end of the building. The stain glass windows are more abstract than...More

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Basilica C, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Basilica di San Domenico, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago
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Veramente incredibile la superficialità con cui si visita un'edificio del 1200. CI sono affreschi del 1200 di Lorenzetti, oppure per...More

Reviewed 20 August 2018

We really enjoyed the interactive kiosk for more in-depth info about the cathedral and its artifacts.

1  Thank Ellen C
Reviewed 11 July 2018

I can never get over the fascination folks have with old body parts. If you want to the finger and head of a St. Catherine. , this is your place

1  Thank okiesweeney
Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

Just gets boring after a while. Stained Glass is cool and so is the view just outside. The way leading to it has many nice shops.

1  Thank Shreyansh182
Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

We were totally wonderstruck to find the remains of St Catherine here including her relics. The high ceilings and simple interiors only help in the aura of piety here.

1  Thank deepaktirthani
Reviewed 27 June 2018

The stained glass windows of Basilica di San Domenico are wonderful The central window is modern and vibrant with colour with the sun shining through, flanked on each side by windows in muted blues. The rose window at the opposite end is also modern. Rather...More

1  Thank Taxidevil
Reviewed 19 June 2018

Saint Catherine of Siena, Mystic and Saint lived in the nearby building Casa di Saint Catherine. The San Domenico Basilica is where a few the Saint's relics are on view.

1  Thank sflindad
Reviewed 29 May 2018

The Basilica di San Domenico is a beautiful church in the heart of Siena. The altar is amazing, the building is massive, and the artwork is beautiful. The stand-out part, however, is the side altar containing the head of St. Catherine of Siena in a...More

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