Basilica of St Francis
Piazza San-Francesco 6, 53100 Siena Route Planner
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In 1425, Bernardino, a Franciscan monk, preached one of his sermons in the church square, hence the small chapel here. Decked in the colours of the contrade, the basilica has a single wide nave. Note the fresco of St Louis of Toulouse (the grand-nephew of St Louis and brother of the King of Naples, Robert of Anjou) in front of Boniface VIII. Music lovers will be interested to learn that Giuseppe Verdi had the first performance of his Requiem here.


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