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Dominican Sites

Below is an illustrated index of the 11 Dominican sites profiled on Sacred Destinations so far. For photo credits, please see corresponding articles.



  • Batalha Monastery
    Central Portugal, Portugal
    King Joao I founded this Dominican monastery after winning a major battle. The splendid edifice was constructed over two centuries in the Gothic and Manueline styles.
  • Französische Kirche
    Bern, Switzerland
    The oldest church in Bern (1270) and originally part of a Dominican monastery, the French Church has welcomed French-speaking Protestants since 1623. It is especially notable for its rare frescoed rood screen.
  • Koricancha and Santo Domingo
    Cusco, Peru
    The combined sacred sites of Koricancha and Santo Domingo vividly illustrate ancient Andean culture's collision with Western Europe. The extraordinarily crafted Temple of the Sun at Koricancha was the most sumptuous temple in the Inca Empire, and part of the Dominican cloister has now been removed to reveal its architecture.
  • The Last Supper Church
    Milan, Italy
    The former Dominican monastery church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan is home to Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper, one of the most famous paintings in the world.
  • Santo Domingo and the Capilla del Rosario
    Puebla, Mexico
    This former monastery church is famed for its Capilla del Rosario (1690), an impressive sight with overwhelming Baroque decoration.
  • San Clemente
    Rome, Italy
    This lovely 12th-century basilica stands over two previous sacred buildings: a church built in 392 and a 2nd-century Mithraic cave temple.
  • Santa Maria sopra Minerva
    Rome, Italy
    Said to be Rome's only Gothic church, this 13th-century basilica was built over a temple to Minerva. It contains many art treasures and the venerated tomb of St. Catherine of Siena.
  • Santa Sabina
    Rome, Italy
    Santa Sabina is Rome's best surviving example of an early Christian church. It dates from 422, including its carved wooden doors with biblical scenes.
  • St. Peter's Basilica
    Rome, Italy
    For Roman Catholics, St. Peter's is the most sacred site after the Holy Land. It centers around the tomb of St. Peter the Apostle and is one of the largest churches in the world.
  • San Domenico
    Siena, Italy
    This huge, austere Dominican church dates from the 13th century. Inside, it displays much beautiful art as well as the head and finger of St. Catherine of Siena.
  • Shrine of St. Catherine
    Siena, Italy
    This Catholic shrine consists of a series of chapels built on the site of St. Catherine of Siena's family home, where she was born and lived much of her remarkable life.