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Basilica di San Domenico

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Address: Piazza San Domenico, 53100, Siena, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0577 286848
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This church features the shrine that contains the mummified head of the...

This church features the shrine that contains the mummified head of the renowned Saint Catherine.

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Beautiful, easy on the eyes...

The Basilica's out side does not even hint the inside beauty... I would have liked to take pictures... but not allowed...

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

When entering, the visitor tends to go to the left and the main altar and side chapels. Do not miss the chapel on the right where St Catherine's portrait is displayed and where she would commune with Jesus, praying the Psalms with him!

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Sarasota, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

San Domenico is worth the visit if you are in Siena. Does not have the majesty of the cathedral....but beautiful art work. You have to see how well the priests treated themselves. No wonder there was a reformation.

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Bet Arye, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Basilica's out side does not even hint the inside beauty... I would have liked to take pictures... but not allowed...

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The very reason why most tourists come to see this gothic Cathedral is to view the severed head of it's Saint that has been preserved here since 1380. There is another treat, that could be worth a visit. Just below and behind the cathedral, down a fairly steep walkway is a spring. This covered spring has delivered it's crystal clear... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you visit this church, make sure you go around back. There is a small park right behind the church. You will have the best view of Siena.

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Cairns Region, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were aghast when we read about this relic and thought to leave this basilica off the agenda. However, when we found it was just down the hill from our hotel, we off course had to go. The church was just another big, old church and we had seen inside soooooo many by this time, but it did have nice... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

While this may not be a main attraction, I found this to be one of the most beautiful churches I have ever seen. The altar of Saint Catherine is mystical--the paintings moved me. And the relics of Saint Catherine . . . transfixing. If you are into strange artifacts that have a powerful vibration--don't miss her whip that is kept... More 

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Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Beautiful Italian Gothic basilica honoring St. Dominic. Very interesting shrine to St. Catherine in church. Worthwhile having a guide or do some reading on the role Catherine had in returning the papacy from France to Rome. Strong willed woman!! Photography restricted, esp. with flash. Beautiful art work and architecture.

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Powell, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

This church is a little off the main path from the Duomo. It's worth a visit. There was a service going on as we visited. However, the place is large and we did not interfere. Oh interest, is the finger and head of St. Catherine.

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Lakeville, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

This church is dedicated to St. Catherine, the patron saint of Siena (and Italy and Europe). It is much less decorated on the inside than other Italian churches, and the interior appears to be almost sparse when you enter. It is a huge space, but the vast majority of the floor space is empty. There are some paintings on the... More 

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