Basilica Cateriniana di San Domenico - Siena, Italy
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N 43° 19.211 E 011° 19.598
32T E 688655 N 4798999
Quick Description: St. Catherine passed a large part of her life inside the walls of this stupendous Basilica, which was one of the first to be dedicated to St. Dominic. It was begun by the Dominicans in 1226 on the hill of Camporegio.
Location: Toscana, Italy
Date Posted: 11/17/2014 2:01:33 PM
Waymark Code: WMMX11
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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St. Catherine passed a large part of her life inside the walls of this stupendous Basilica, which was one of the first to be dedicated to St. Dominic. It was begun by the Dominicans in 1226 on the hill of Camporegio which they had received as a gift from the Malavolti family. Most of the actual rectangular nave and the inside roof with its transverse beams, all in Gothic Cistercian style, go back to this epoch. The Church contains a magnificent Maestà by Guido da Siena (master to Duccio of Boninsegna) dating back to 1221. The old Chapter Room, the old Sacristy, the Refectory and the Dormitory were all built with the original Church and the Cloister was frescoed by Lippo Memmi and Lippo Vanni. In the first half of the fourteenth century the new Church (crypt and transept for the old Church) was built on the steep side of Camporegio hill overlooking the district of Fontebranda where St. Catherine had been born. When she began going to St. Dominic the new edifice was already almost finished. Her own father and other members of her family were buried in the Crypt. Following the canonization of St. Catherine in 1461, her most precious manuscripts and her sacred relics were transferred to the Basilica (these twelve codices in 1700 were placed behind a painting above the altar in the Sacristy and formed the so-called "virginal library": today they are in the public library). The most important relic, the Sacred Head, was brought from Rome to Siena by Blessed Raymond of Capua in 1383 and it was at first placed in a copper container and then in a silver one (now empty but still on display in the Basilica). In 1711 it was removed to an urn in the form of a lamp done by the sculptor Giovanni Piamontini where it remained until 1947, when the Dominican Fathers decided to place it in its actual urn of silver in a niche resembling a small gothic temple. After nearly two centuries of construction, the Basilica was finally dedicated entirely to St. Catherine and a statue of her was placed even at the top of the bell tower. The Basilica has known hard times: in 1798 it was almost totally destroyed by an earthquake, but after it was completely restored. Then, unfortunately, it was very much neglected and allowed to decay until 1940 when a new restoration was finally begun which was concluded in 1962. During these years the Basilica underwent some radical changes. The foundations were strengthened and especially the Chapel of the Vaults, where the original portrait of St. Catherine by Andrea Vanni is located and where the Saint had so many mystical experiences, was restored. Today the Basilica is exactly as the Dominican Fathers have always wanted it to be and it has become an important centre of Christian spirituality where pilgrims are welcomed and where they can pray next to the sacred relics of St. Catherine.
Type of Church: Basilica

Status of Building: Actively in use for worship

Date of building construction: 1/1/1265

Dominant Architectural Style: Italian Gothic

Archdiocese: Siena-Colle di Val d'Elsa-Montalcino

Diocese: Siena-Colle di Val d'Elsa-Montalcino

Piazza San Domenico
Siena, Italy

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Date of organization: Not listed

Associated Shrines, Art, etc.: Not listed

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