Siena: The Basilica di Santa Maria dei Servi took
nearly 800 years to finish. Serviti monks began planning the church in the
early 1300s, but the basilica wasn't consecrated until 1533 and the campanile
(bell tower) didn't get its final touches until the early 20th Century.
If the Renaissance interior doesn't get your attention, the
relics will: Two altars have glass display cases that house dead religious notables (one a shrouded skeleton with wax
head and hands à la Madame Tussaud's, the other a mummified body that's
likely to give nightmares to small children).
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