Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico, Siena

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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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  • The church truly deserves to be visited all of it but the gem inside is clearly the Chapel of St. Catherine. It contains the reliquary dedicated to the saint (even containing the saint's head). There....  more
    The church truly deserves to be visited all of it but the gem inside is clearly the Chapel of St. Catherine. It contains the reliquary dedicated to the saint (even containing the saint's head). There....  more »
  • This very large church has a beautiful exterior, and a rather plain interior. It is free to enter, although we left a donation. Not the showiest church in town, but worth a visit. 
    This very large church has a beautiful exterior, and a rather plain interior. It is free to enter, although we left a donation. Not the showiest church in town, but worth a visit.  more »
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  • It’s a really nice church. Free to enter. And lots of open space. The stained glass I have never seen anything like that before Also there is the preserved head of a saint, and her finger store there that you can view. You are not suppose to take pictures It was nice. The church is beautiful.
  • Gothic Church in Siena. Built in 13th and 14th century. Destroyed during fires in 1443 thru 1531 and damaged from military occupation. The church has several relics of St. Catherine of Siena. Many important paints on either side of the nave.

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