Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico, Siena

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#5 of 49 in Historic Sites in Siena
Church · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Medieval Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico dates from 1226, and still contains the original rectangular nave and transverse roof beams--as well as the head and finger of St. Catherine of Siena. Legend has it that her mother begged the Dominicans to bury St. Catherine's body at Siena, and as a compromise they sent only her head. The cathedral's towering transepts and small chapels are home to a plethora of Renaissance frescoes and paintings--including the only genuine portrait of St. Catherine of Siena, by Andrea Vanni. Arrange to visit Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico and other attractions in Siena using our Siena online travel route planner.
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  • It is located a little far from the center, but is close to the stadium and one of the large parking lots. The exterior of the building is very impressive, the interior is not very rich. If you pass.....  more »
  • located a bit out of the city center towards the stadium and the fortress, the Basilica di San Domenico is a huge construction. there are few interesting things inside, and there is a beautiful view.....  more »
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  • Eccellent Happy hour, very good oysters from Virginia and clams. Standard quality for drinks, sushi not at the same level, a 'market' should desrve other recipes and preps
  • Impressive space but too many grizzly 'relics' for my liking. Why does the church still feel the need to display St Catherine's head? Peaceful and some interesting art.

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