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Siena: The Ospedale di Santa Maria della Scala faces the cathedral on the Piazza del Duomo. It began as a pilgrims' hostel and orphanage, then served as a hospital from the 10th Century until a few years ago. For centuries, it also functioned as the headquarters of a Tuscan charitable organization that provided everything from medical care to famine relief. 

Today the building is being converted slowly into a museum complex. (The church sacristy and pilgrims' hall are open to visitors, and the building also houses the National Archaeological Museum of Siena.)

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