Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala, Siena

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Admire the artwork in Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala, a former 13th-century hospice-turned-cultural-and-art center. At one time the site mainly drew pilgrims to its doors, but today people flock here for the archeological museum, children's art museum, and contemporary art center, as well as the variety of historical halls and chapels. Kids will enjoy the mysterious atmosphere of the archeological section in the basement, displayed along ancient tunnels. For a real visual treat, head upstairs and find the 15th-century frescoes created by Lorenzo Vecchietta, Priamo della Quercia, and Domenico di Bartolo. Add Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala to your Siena travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Siena trip site.
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  • In addition to the permanent exhibitions, the Museum of the Hospital of Santa Maria della Scala hosts temporary exhibitions, taking advantage of the abundance of beautifully restored rooms. I... 
    In addition to the permanent exhibitions, the Museum of the Hospital of Santa Maria della Scala hosts temporary exhibitions, taking advantage of the abundance of beautifully restored rooms. I...  more »
  • We bought an all encompassing ticket for the complex and decided to visit. Wonderful history and very interesting from a medical history standpoint for us given our medical background. As we travel... 
    We bought an all encompassing ticket for the complex and decided to visit. Wonderful history and very interesting from a medical history standpoint for us given our medical background. As we travel...  more »
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  • Fantastic place, a must see attraction when in Siena. Very well equipped and organised exhibition. Marvel of architecture. Highly recommend archeology museum and the Cathedral. Highly recommend ‚̧ūüáģūüáĻ ‚̧ūüćē
  • Santa Maria della Scala, Siena What used to be a well-known civilian hospital that catered to abandoned children, the poor, the sick and pilgrims is now one of Siena's best-known museums. In the Santa Maria della Scala you will find great masterpieces such as the interior frescoes, which are represented there. the vast collection within covers a wide range of periods, functions and architectural intrigues. The primary points of interests include the labyrinth of the hallways and levels, the colorful frescoes, the archive of archaeological finds and the¬†sparkling treasure¬†in the hall of relics. The Complex of Santa Maria della Scala is¬†one of the oldest "hospitals" in Europe. Established along the¬†via Francigena, it sits right in front of Siena's majestic¬†Duomo¬†and was thus the perfect site for welcoming travelers going along the pilgrimage route to Rome. Santa Maria della Scala was one of the first European examples of a place completely dedicated to offering lodging and shelter to¬†pilgrims, as well as offering support to¬†the poor¬†and a home to¬†abandoned children¬†- so it was¬†hospital¬†in the sense of¬†hospitality!

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