Basilica of San Francesco, Siena

Basilica of San Francesco, Siena (must see)

The Basilica of San Francesco is a 13th century church that was once attached to a Franciscan convent and renaissance cloister. The convent and the cloister today house the law faculty of the University of Siena and its library. The Basilica of San Francesco was built by Francesco di Giorgio Martini between 1228 and 1255. At first the building had a Romanesque facade. It was gutted by a fire in 1655 and the original interior artwork was destroyed. The structure was expanded in the 14th and 15th centuries and its present large facade has a Gothic design. The basilica is on the Egyptian Cross plan, with a nave covered by spans and a transept, according to type favoured by the Mendicant Orders, which needed spaces capable to house large crowds of faithful. It has a single nave and chapels in the transept. The frescoes on the walls are by artists from the Quattrocento Sienese School.

The counter-facade houses the remains of two 14th century sepulchers, as well as two large fragmentary frescoes from the former city gates of Porta Romana and Porta Pispini: an Incoronation of the Virgin by Sassetta and Sano di Pietro (1447–1450) and a Nativity by Il Sodoma (1531). Also visible is the ancient 15th century portal by Francesco di Giorgio Martini. Two notable works are St. Ludwig D’Angio at the Feet of Boniface VIII by Pietro Lorenzetti and The Martyrdom of the Franciscan Brothers in Ceuta by Ambrogio Lorenzetti. In the right transept is a 14th-century marble of St. Francis, from the ancient façade. The tomb of Cristoforo Felici, a magistrate of the Council of the Republic of Siena is located in the second chapel on the right of the choir.
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Basilica of San Francesco on Map

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

Create Your Own Walk in Siena

Create Your Own Walk in Siena

Creating your own self-guided walk in Siena is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museum Tour of Siena

Museum Tour of Siena

Siena is famous for its museums, which preserve a great number of cultural masterpieces. The museums of Siena showcase paintings, sculptures and frescoes that date back to ancient times. You can also get aсquainted with other objects related to the cultural and historical development of the city. If you want to feel the spirit of Siena, visit the notable museums included on this tour.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Siena Sightseeing Tour

Siena Sightseeing Tour

Siena is a beautiful medieval city situated in the center of the Toscana region. As a city with a rich history, it has a lot of cultural and historical attractions to offer visitors. The following tour will lead you to the most famous sights of Siena.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Top Religious Buildings

Top Religious Buildings

Churches in Siena have both historical and cultural value, as almost every one of them is decorated with Renaissance art. Some of the masterpieces date back to the 13th century. A walking tour of Siena's places of worship is the best way to learn about the cultural and spiritual center of the city. Take this tour to visit some of Siena's most famous churches.

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

Siena Introduction Walking Tour

The historic city of Siena in Italy's Tuscany, founded by ancient Etruscans, is laden with monuments. Among them are numerous medieval sculptures, some dating back as far as the 13th century, an unfinished Gothic cathedral by Niccolo Pisano and Donatello, and others. To find out more about the riches of Siena, follow this orientation walk and explore the city's top attractions.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles
Siena's Historical Buildings Tour

Siena's Historical Buildings Tour

Siena is the city of ancient architecture. You can observe architectural styles from different periods of history in Siena's imperious castles, palaces and other historic buildings. Be sure to visit Siena's most important historic structures that are found on this tour.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles