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
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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