Sunday, July 9, 2017

Siena Cathedral

Cattedrale Metropolitana di Santa Maria Assunta, Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, Duomo di Siena Siena Cathedral, Piazza del Duomo, Siena
Cattedrale Metropolitana di Santa Maria Assunta, 1348
(Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption)
Duomo di Siena Siena Cathedral
Piazza del Duomo
Siena, April 2017

Siena Cathedral (Duomo di Siena) is a medieval church in Siena, Italy, dedicated from its earliest days as a Roman Catholic Marian church, and now dedicated to the Assumption of Mary. Previously the episcopal seat of the Diocese of Siena, from the 15th century the Archdiocese of Siena, it is now that of the Archdiocese of Siena-Colle di Val d'Elsa-Montalcino. The cathedral itself was originally designed and completed between 1215 and 1263 on the site of an earlier structure. It has the form of a Latin cross with a slightly projecting transept, a dome and a bell tower. The dome rises from a hexagonal base with supporting columns. The lantern atop the dome was added by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The nave is separated from the two aisles by semicircular arches. The exterior and interior are constructed of white and greenish-black marble in alternating stripes, with addition of red marble on the fa├žade. Black and white are the symbolic colors of Siena, etiologically linked to black and white horses of the legendary city's founders, Senius and Aschius.” (Siena Cathedral, Wikipedia)

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