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Basilica di San Domenico

Piazza San Domenico, 53100, Siena, Italy
+39 0577 286848
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St. Catherine passed a large part of her life inside the walls of this stupendous Basilica, which was one of the first to be dedicated to St. Dominic. It was begun by the Dominicans in 1226 on the hill of Camporegio which they had received as a gift from the Malavolti family. Most of the actual rectangular nave and the inside roof with its tranverse beams, all in Gothic Cistercian style, go back to this epoch.
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Piazza San Domenico, 53100, Siena, Italy
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Reviewed 4 days ago

There really is no reason to go into this church except to say you have done so. There is nothing special to see and even if there were they do not allow you to take photos.More

Thank michael p
FedericoMuzzi, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Basilica di San Domenico, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago
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Gentile Signore, la nostra Basilica è una dei più antichi monumenti gotici d'Europa. All'interno vi sono opere dal 1300 al...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a simple church and is worth a visit if you have the time. There is no fee to enter and pictures are not allowed. Yes, there are relics of the patron saint that many come and revere. The outside is not remarkable, and...More

Thank calota
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Definitely seems to be off the side of the tourist trail, this Dominican cathedral is worth your time. It is again another huge vaulted expanse you wonder how many people in medeival times lived in this area that so many such buildings were erected. Very...More

Thank Coralcaybelize
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I get it that relics are something that Catholics were really into for a time in history. But a thumb and a head were a little too much for me.More

Thank astaplet82
FedericoMuzzi, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Basilica di San Domenico, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago
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Non è strano. Ogni Chiesa che si chiama Basilica contiene delle reliquie. Che sia tutto il corpo o parte del...More

Reviewed 15 October 2017

Heading says it all for me. I travel the world as i get older. Many fascinating things to experience. But, unless you frequent this site, you won't remember anything about it other than "St. Catherine's Mummy (or part of it) is "supposed" to be here....More

1  Thank Mikewinburn
FedericoMuzzi, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Basilica di San Domenico, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2017
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Lei è veramente un turista poco attento. Non vede i dipinti di Antonio Bazzi, Lorenzetti, Guido da Siena, Giorgio Martini......More

Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

Free to enter and contains a mummified head relic. Worth 10-15 minutes walking around and viewing the unfinished nature of the facility. The main stained glass Windows are one of the best I’ve seen out of all the churches I’ve visited in Europe.

Thank drgaines
Reviewed 4 October 2017

Well not quite home as the casa di Santa Caterina is just down the hill but this is where you find her head and thumb. Pope Pius the 2nd , also from Siena, canonized Catherine in June 1461. As for the church, well its large...More

Thank 832rono
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Catherine of Siena started fasting and having visions as a girl. She became a Dominican and worked to bring the papacy back to Rome from France. She is believed to have had miraculous visions and thought she was married to Jesus and wore an invisible...More

Thank Steve S
Reviewed 17 September 2017

from all the Basilicas of Siena this might be the simplest one, but that doesnt mean it doesnt have great altars and architectural findings. It also has a great view of the Duomo and is usually where all the tours around Siena depart from. It...More

Thank meretti
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

I wouldn't have insisted on going inside if we hadn't parked nearby and this was a major stop on the road into the town. The exterior is so very impressive ! It is enormous with a beautiful belltower that I wish i could've climbed. Alas...More

Thank coconutugly
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