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Basilica di San Francesco

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Address: Piazza San Francesco, 53024, Siena, Italy
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Beautiful basilica

We were impressed with the art and the history. Catherine of Siena has long been a treasured devotional writer and it was good to see her represented here.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Esther C
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Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
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Montreal, Canada
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Impressive. Nice frescos. Very spacious. Locals reserved for prayer and meditation for people tht feel the necessity

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Antioch, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was one of the stops our religious pilgrimage group made while in Siena. The building itself is not very ornate but is large and has some nice features. But this stop was the highlight for me of the entire 12 day, 3 country pilgrimage. A wonderful Italian priest allowed our group to view the Eucharistic Miracle of hosts that... More 

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Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were impressed with the art and the history. Catherine of Siena has long been a treasured devotional writer and it was good to see her represented here.

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Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Basilica is quite big church. Originally built in 13th century and enlarged until 15th century . Coming to small square to front of it, doesn't reveal its size. Church burnt 1655, but they still rebuilt it with wooden roof. Nowadays you can have led candles, but not in 17th century. Church have plenty of beautiful stained glass windows, but it... More 

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Hamilton, Bermuda
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Didn't match up to my expectation. We enjoyed the very hilly stroll to find this place. Found the interior to be cold and dank. A pleasant walk back and a glass of tuscan wine cheered me up.

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Penarth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Wandered in here when arrived in Siena. Lovely church and quiet, cool courtyard to get out of sun or have some peace. Free to get in.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

This is a lovely basilica on the outskirts of Siena. lots of wonderful frescos and historical artifacts, well worth the journey

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Fairfax, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

Beautiful church in quieter area in Siena. University cafe next door is a great place to have a snack / drink at very reasonable prices.

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Leuven, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

This church was the first building we saw while entering the center of Siena. It is close to the stairways by which you arrive in the center after having parked your car in the convenient San Francesco parking building. Good example of how nice buildings are neglected by tourists who are overwhelmed by all other things.

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Ames, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

Not as ornate as the Sienna Cathedral, but the Basilica di San Francesco is beautiful, peaceful, and inspiring. Sitting and reflecting inside brings you closer to God, something that is much harder in the crowds of the cathedral. If I lived in Sienna, this would be my place of worship.

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