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Basilica di San Domenico

Piazza San Domenico, 53100, Siena, Italy
+39 0577 286848
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This church features the shrine that contains the mummified head of the renowned Saint Catherine.
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  • Very good46%
  • Average19%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Piazza San Domenico, 53100, Siena, Italy
+39 0577 286848
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Reviewed 3 days ago

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 1 week ago 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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A very austere but full of history place of worship which is still functioning. It houses the head of the city's most famous daughter, St Catherine of Siena (1347 - 1380). Catherine died in Rome after having persuaded the Pope to return to Rome from...More

Thank Alfred G
Reviewed 14 August 2017

Historically important site in Siena which houses the relics of St. Catherine, and pays tribute to her life. Her head and finger are the main attractions of this 13th-14th century edifice which a bit off the beaten track. Minimal art...

Thank Michael S
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

This was a good visit to a large, not-too-scenic church honoring a very historic figure, St. Catherine, key in the history of the Catholic Church. Her mummified head and finger are displayed.

Thank Terry S
Reviewed 10 August 2017

This large edifice that totally monopolises one of the ridges in Siena is dedicated to St Catherine of Siena whose family lived nearby and is where she spent much of her time praying and meditating. The Basilica is very unattractive from the outside. Inside it...More

Thank westy54
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

What a special place to visit. They have the saint's incorrupt head on display in a lateral chapel. The inside is perhaps surprisingly austere- having a guided explanation helps. There is a gift shop. And if your group wants to have Mass, there is a...More

Thank Daniel R
Reviewed 27 July 2017

This church is quite boring inside and definitely nothing special. The main thing to see here are the mummified head and thumb of Catherine of Siena. You can be in and out in max 10 minutes.

Thank 337alliep
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

The main reason to visit this basilica is to see the important frescoes of St Catherine an her relic. It rather plain inside. There is a good parking lot nearby. Entrance is free.

Thank Bruce F
Reviewed 14 July 2017

In Many ways Less to see here than in most of Siena's Other churches.However the Mumified severed Head of St Catherine Looking at you from a Glass Case On The Alter,makes this a must if slightly bizzare no cost visit.

Thank john s
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