Tourist Attraction in Siena: Basilica dell'Osservanza
The Osservanza Basilica is located in Siena on the Capriola Hill. where San Bernardino lived, and is the most important church outside the city. It was built around 1490 probably on the project of Francesco di Giorgio Martini and was expanded between 1495 and 1496 by the Magnificent Despot Pandolfo Petrucci to welcome the new crypt, the tomb of the family and to enlarge the convent. Built following the dictates of the Renaissance style, the early complex was damaged during the siege of Siena in 1554 and after being rebuilt in the Baroque period it underwent a heavy restoration effort between 1922 and 1932. During World War II almost completely destroyed by the American bombings on January 23, 1944, but after the war an ambitious reconstruction project was able to restore the original appearance to the basilica thanks to photographs and testimonies of the convent friars.