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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
+39 0577 286848
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a special place for general travellers and particularly Dominicans. Couple it with a visit to Catherine's house and read her story before you go, particularly the story of her head.

Thank Bob S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This Basilica is not a tourist spot, it is a place of reverence, and of prayer. If you are interested in the life of the St Catherine of Siena and Dominican spirituality, this will be a special place for you. There is no entrance fee,...More

Thank SherylFrances
Reviewed 10 January 2018

Skull of St Catarina of Siena preserved as a reliquary for all to see. Beautiful fresco by Pietro Lorenzetti and Matteo di Giovanni. Masterpieces to be admired.

Thank gweeboonhiah
Reviewed 7 January 2018

This was the first place we visited in Siena, as it was between the coach station and our hotel. It's a "secondary sight", but only a 5-10 minute walk from the Piazza Del Campo and Siena Cathedral. This is a huge, spartan, austere church which...More

Thank FTMDave
Reviewed 19 November 2017

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 20 November 2017
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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 9 November 2017

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 25 October 2017

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 24 October 2017

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 26 October 2017
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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

2  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
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