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Basilica of San Domenico

The Basilica of San Domenico is one of the most important churches of Siena. It was raised in 1226-1265, but during the 1300's the complex was widened in the gothic shapes that we still see today and that lasted in spite of fires (1443, 1531), military occupations (1548-1552) and earthquakes (1798). The entrance is at the beginning of the left flank of the church, because the façade is occupied by the structure of the cappella delle Volte, ancient place of prayer, where many paintings represent scenes of the life of Santa Caterina de Siena. In the nave and the transept, other wonderful works of art, and a chapel dedicated to Santa Caterina, where the relics of the Saint are kept. The recent main altar is embellished by the ciborium (that is the architectonic canopy structure). To the complex belongs also a gothic crypt, restored in 1935.

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