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Basilica San Domenico – Siena

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The Basilica of San Domenico, also known as Basilica Cateriniana, is a prominent church in the medieval town of Siena. Built in the 13th century, it was subsequently expanded in the 14th century, resulting in the Gothic appearance it has now. Unfortunately, aspects of its architecture and structure were subsequently destroyed by fires, with further damage resulting from military occupation in the mid 1500s.

Points of interest

Although aesthetically simple inside and out when compared to the Duomo di Siena, near Piazza del Campo, the Basilica of San Domenico holds several important treasures and artworks. These include beautiful religious paintings and frescoes by several local masters, marble altars and even a Gothic style crypt. Most important however are several relics of Saint Catherine of Siena, whose name the church takes.