Basilica of San Domenico, Siena

Basilica of San Domenico, Siena (must see)

The Basilica of San Domenico is a church established by the Dominican Order. The church was begun in 1226-1265, but was enlarged in the 14th century to the Gothic appearance it has now. The site was donated by the Malavolti family. It is a large edifice built, like many contemporary edifices of the mendicant orders, in bricks, with a lofty bell tower on the left, that was reduced in height after an earthquake in 1798 that had badly damaged the whole building. The present structure is the result of extensive renovations made between 1940 and 1962. The interior is on the Egyptian cross plan with a huge nave covered by trusses and with a transept featuring high chapels. The church contains several relics of St. Catherine of Siena, who was born in a nearby building that is now a Santuario or convent. After the canonization of St. Catherine, her head and thumb were brought from Rome to Siena by her confessor, Raymond of Capua, and remain preserved in the church.

The Basilica of San Domenico has a plain and austere Dominican style exterior and an interior covered with religious artwork by famous artists. The chapel on the western part has a portrait of St. Catherine by Andrea Vanni. The Chapel of St. Catherine is covered with paintings depicting her life by the artist, Giovanni Antonio Bazzi II, who was better known by the name Sodoma. There is also a painting of St. Catherine performing exorcism, by Andrea Vanni, in the chapel. The head of the saint is on a marble altar worked by sculptor Giovanni di Stefano. Some of the finest works of the Sienese artist, Francesco di Giorgio Martini, are also found in the church.
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Basilica of San Domenico on Map

Sight Name: Basilica of San Domenico
Sight Location: Siena, Italy (See walking tours in Siena)
Sight Type: Religious
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Walking Tours in Siena, Italy

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Top Religious Buildings

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles
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Museum Tour of Siena

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Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
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Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
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Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles