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Siena Cathedral - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT

Panorama taken out the front of Siena Cathedral (Duomo di Siena), showing the highly decorated facade and buildings surrounding the cathedral square.

Siena Cathedral - FURTHER INFORMATION

Siena Cathedral - Siena visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Siena Cathedral' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Tuscany.

Siena Cathedral (Duomo di Siena) was built on the highest point in Siena between 1215-63 on the site of an earlier church. The cathedral has always been a Marian church and the full name of Siena Cathedral is 'Santa Maria Assunta' (Most Holy Mary of Assumption). It is one of the top tourist attractions in Siena.


Siena Cathedral - façade

The cathedral façade, shown in this panorama, was built in 2 phases. The lower, polychrome marble section, similar to that of , was begun around 1284 by by Giovanni Pisan. Between 1270 and 1285 the cathedral's nave was raised, requiring the façade to also be increased with the massive rose window installed in 1288. The second building phase of the nave, under the direction of Giovanni di Cecco started in 1376 when the façade was adorned with various statues.

Siena Cathedral - Inside

The inside of Siena Cathedral is quite stunning, with striking black and white striped pillars and a fantastically decorated roof. The cathedral contains a number of important masterpieces and works of art. Some of the top attractions within the cathedral include:
  • Plaster Busts of Popes - 172 plaster busts of popes created in the 15th and 16th centuries starting, with St Peter and ending with Lucius III.
  • Rose Window - the stained glass window in the façade showing the Last Supper made by Pastorino de' Pastorini in 1549.
  • Choir Stained Glass Window - one of the earliest stained glass windows in Italy, created by Duccio in 1288.
  • High Altar - built in 1532 by Baldassarre Peruzzi, covered with a 15th century ciborium (canopy or covering supported by columns).
  • Pulpit - masterpiece carved of white, Carrara marble between 1265-68 by by Nicola Pisano and Giovanni Pisano on the theme of Salvation and the Last Judgment. Seven scenes from the bible adorn the top level of the pulpit.
  • Marble Floor - the marble floor of Siena Cathedral is one of the most intricate in Europe, taking 200 years to complete, only fully uncovered for a few weeks each year.
  • Chapel of Saint John the Baptist - contains a bronze statue St. John the Baptist by Donatello and decorated with eight frescoes by Pinturicchio, painted between 1504-5.
  • The Chigi Chapel (Cappella della Madonna del Voto) - installed in 1659 it is the latest chapel added to Siena Cathedral.
  • Piccolomini Library - fantastic library with stunning frescoes, painted by Pinturicchio between 1502-7, and highly decorated ceiling. the Piccolomini Library contains precious illuminated choir books, and the famous statue Three Graces.
  • Baptistry - built around 1325 underneath the eastern bays of the choir housing an hexagonal baptismal font and various sculptures.
  • Works of Art - Siena Cathedral contains numerous priceless works of art, including the The 'Feast of Herod' by Donatello and various works by Bernini and Michelangelo.


ADDRESS

Siena Cathedral (Duomo di Siena)
Piazza del Duomo,
Siena, Italy



TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE

Walk: From Piazza del Campo take Via di Citta and then Via del Poggio (230m).



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