Day 12: We saw a saint's head in a glass case. Visiting Sienna. / by Hugo Perez

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Prominently displayed in the vast Basilica di San Domenico is the disembodied, decaying head of Saint Catherine of Siena wrapped in a white nun’s habit. Nearby, her thumb is positioned upright under glass cover. These appendages are separated by 150 miles from the rest of her body, laid to rest under a sarcophagus displayed at the Basilica Santa Maria Sopra Minerva in Rome. 

The widely worshipped, 14-century saint was the subject of numerous miraculous claims throughout her lifetime, ranging from claims that she received the stigmata to ones that she had the ability to levitate while praying. Catherine attracted a large base of believers who were drawn to her pious devotion to the poor and sick. Her scholarly prowess and religious advocacy helped her rise to an unprecedented prominence in the church, eventually leading her to serve the Pope as an ambassador. 

 

So yeah, onto the photos.  

 Sienna train station  

Sienna train station  

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Piazza Del Campo

 glass half full  

glass half full  

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 Duomo di Santa Maria Assunta: The best example of this style of church architecture 

Duomo di Santa Maria Assunta: The best example of this style of church architecture 

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Floor to ceiling art 

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I didn't combust into flames when I walked in, yay!  

 

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After spending all day repenting my sins I was in need of sustenance. 

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La Dolce Vita  

 

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