WYD 2011 Madrid #5 Siena

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This is the fifth of a series of wyd2011 Madrid Deaf Australian Youth blog by David B Parker.

Part 5: WYD2011 Deaf Australian Youth Travelling in Siena Italy

We went to Siena the birth place of St Catherine and we visited the respectable Basilica of St Dominic, strolled the streets leading to the Piazza del campo and finally we entered the Sanctuary of St Catherine. We saw the finger and face of St Catherine ie parts of her relics in the Basilica of San Domenico in Siena!

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Few facts about St Catherine

St Catherine was a tertiary of the Dominican Order, and a Scholastic philosopher and theologian. She also worked to bring the papacy of Gregory XI back to Rome from its displacement in France, and to establish peace among the Italian city-states. She was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1970. She is one of the two patron saints of Italy, together with St. Francis of Assisi.

Few facts about Siena

Siena, like other Tuscan hill towns, was first settled in the time of the Etruscans (c. 900–400 BC) when it was inhabited by a tribe called the Saina. The Etruscans were an advanced people who changed the face of central Italy through their use of irrigation to reclaim previously unfarmable land, and their custom of building their settlements in well-defended hill-forts. During the early 13th century that the majority of the construction of the Siena Cathedral (Duomo) was completed. During the same period the Piazza del Campo grew in importance as the centre of secular life. New streets were constructed leading to it, and it served as the site of the market and the location of various sporting events (perhaps better thought of as riots, in the fashion of the Florentine football matches that are still practised to this day).

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