Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico, Siena

#5 of 50 in Historic Sites in Siena
Church · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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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  • Just take a few minutes to walk through this impressive construction by its height (especially if you parked nearby) - quite empty though but you will focus on Santa Caterina chapel (which keeps her.....  more »
  • Nice to have a 10-15 minutes look around inside. Very quiet and peacefu,l it must be said. Keep in mind that no photos or videos are allowed, and everyone was respecting this rule. Outside the...  more »
  • Eccellent Happy hour, very good oysters from Virginia and clams. Standard quality for drinks, sushi not at the same level, a 'market' should desrve other recipes and preps
  • Impressive space but too many grizzly 'relics' for my liking. Why does the church still feel the need to display St Catherine's head? Peaceful and some interesting art.
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