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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
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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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Relics of St.Catherine of Siena

Having visited her body in Rome, we decided to see her head and finger in Siena!! This is a place of worship and pilgrimage for many. It is a very basic bare church compared to... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2014
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Kilkenny
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18 reviews
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Reviewed 7 September 2014

Having visited her body in Rome, we decided to see her head and finger in Siena!! This is a place of worship and pilgrimage for many. It is a very basic bare church compared to many, and the relics of St. Catherine of Siena was our main reason for visiting.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 373 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2014

It is difficult to get too excited at religious relics – even those of a notable saint such as St Catherine of Siena but the Basilica di San Domenico is an large building on an imposing site and the reverence shown to the relics has to be respected. The building itself is rather nondescript with some indifferent modern glass but... More 

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Ontario, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2014

We visited the Basillica with our family and it was the most serene place I have been in. The ambience is so calming - simply beautiful. Read up on St. Caterina before your visit so you have an understanding of this Saints life as when you enter the Basillica if will bring a deep meaning and understanding. A highly recommend... More 

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Lake Placid, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
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.

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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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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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Reviewed 13 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.

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federico m, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Basilica di San Domenico, responded to this review
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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

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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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Reviewed 3 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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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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