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Basilica di San Domenico

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Address: Piazza San Domenico, 53100, Siena, Italy
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+39 0577 286848
09:00 - 18:30
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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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Nice Church, Nice Views

Large basilica overshadowed by the more famous Duomo in Siena. Doesn't look like much from the outside, but quite beautiful on the inside. Worth a trip here if you have time in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tomme T
Sydney, Australia
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San Diego, CA
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

St Catherine's Basilica is an impressive structure located on a prominent hill in Siena. We started our walking tour at the Basilica and it was wonderful to hear the rich history of the church. St. Catherine's relics are located within the Basilica as are some nicely restored artworks. I would recommend seeing the Basilica as part of a walking tour;... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Large basilica overshadowed by the more famous Duomo in Siena. Doesn't look like much from the outside, but quite beautiful on the inside. Worth a trip here if you have time in the city.

Thank Tomme T
Athlone, Ireland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Any trip to Tuscany will surely involve visiting churches and cathedrals. The Basilica di San Domenico in Siena, though quite plain on the outside is nevertheless worth visiting. The 17 flags of the medieval contrade of Siena are proudly displayed around the walls - these are a recurring motif around the city which is still divided into these 17 districts... More 

Thank Gearoid O O
San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

Very large basilica with wide open space. Interning paintings line the walls. But the main attraction that will draw people are the remains of St. Catherine of Siena. In a small side chapel they have her preserved head and finger.

Thank Timothy M
Colchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Went to San Domenico as part of a guided tour round Siena. The church itself is so bound up with the history of Siena, especially their patron saint. There's a huge expanse when you enter, but you can wander round as long as no photo's are taken with flash. Outside the views of Siena itself are amazing, especially with the... More 

Thank Trikegirl
Burlington, Canada
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Reviewed 3 January 2017

quite an experience..Spectacular architecture. Tomb of St. Catherine..keep in mind no photographs allowed..well worth the visit

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

What was interesting about this church is that relics of St Catherine (her head & her thumb) is stored in this church. Also behind this church is a good spot to take great shots of Siena Cathedral.

Thank Erico2709
Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 29 November 2016

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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Reviewed 12 November 2016

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.

Thank DavidSarasota
Bet Arye, Israel
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Reviewed 11 November 2016

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

Thank Lia L

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