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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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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 18:30

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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Interesting Basilica

I have been on organised visits to Siena before but have never been taken to the basilica before.It has quite an interesting history and is apparently on the pilgrims road which... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 June 2014
west yorkshire
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Lake Placid, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2014

We went here specifically to see the saint. Her head is nicely displayed in a side chapel as well as some relics. The Church itself is rather plain. Some modern stain glass windows are near the front altar. If you are not interested in St. Catherine, then there is little reason to visit this church.

Thank MacnCheeseMom2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2014

Impresive to see the head of Santa Caterina de Siena. She was not beheaded, but was brought from Rome as a relic, to Siena. You have to see it!!

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west yorkshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

I have been on organised visits to Siena before but have never been taken to the basilica before.It has quite an interesting history and is apparently on the pilgrims road which travelled from England,through France and through Italy to Rome. It was dedicated to Dominic and was begun by the Dominicans in 1226 and was built on a hill overlooking... More 

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Roslyn, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2014

An extremely beautiful church, one of the nicest we visited during our trip to Italy. Requires an admission ticket, but worth the expense.

Thank GrandPaRuss
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Non si paga il biglietto d'ingresso, l'ingresso è libero. No ticket free entrance More 

Birkenhead, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

The restrictions on this place for visitors needs to have one more added: no hats if you are a bloke! The senior of the two church officials actually knocked my hat off (technically assaulting me) when I declined to take it off "because it was a church" and then told me to get out of the basilica...not good

Thank Swiftnick5
federico m, Direttore vendite at Basilica di San Domenico, responded to this review
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Signore, Lei ha offeso i nostri funzionari con parole razziste… In Italia quando si entra nei luoghi dii culto per... More 

Mihara, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014 via mobile

☆☆☆☆☆I think that we should visit Basilica Cateriniana di San Domenico when we wish to know much more the city of Siena. Of course when research the structure and landscapes of Siena, even if we stay in Siena by the tourist guide books. By visiting La Basilica, we will be able to understand the medieval city Siena by to experience... More 

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Chapel Hill, NC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014

There are many magnificent basilica's in Italy and compared to them, San Domenico at first seems insignificant, but once you step inside and soak in its history you'll appreciate its simplistic splendor. If you first see this cathedral from the front, you don't realize just how large it really is. It is not until you are climbing the hill behind... More 

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Tallmadge, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2014

I always make it a point to stop here. Of course, the head of Saint Catherine of Siena is the (morbid) draw, but the fact that the church continues to update is fascinating after seeing so many duomos that are time capsules. There are chapels and artwork as recent as 2006 and as old as 1200s. Must see! For three... More 

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North Bay, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

The basilica is not nearly as busy as the main basillica in Siena and is completely different in feel. The windows are beautiful, like modern art. The views from the property back towards Santa Maria della Scala are pretty spectacular too.

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2014

I must admit it wasn't St. Catherine which brought me to Siena so I couldn't appreciate well enough the church and her relics would have been appreciate much more by somebody else. Despite that, it's worth learning of her story, especially her courage for engaging with politics in the church - quite inspiring, isn't it?! Apart from her story, there's... More 

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