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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 la Madame Tussaud's, the other a mummified body that's likely to give nightmares to small children).

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