Siena’s Spectacular Cathedral

The stats are in.  I should never post late at night.

I got the history of Siena’s Cathedral mixed up in my last post.

The cathedral we see today was built between 1215 and 1263.  Years later, the Sienese planned to build an addition which would make Siena’s cathedral the largest in the world.  The addition was started on the south side in 1339, as a perpendicular extension to the 1215 cathedral.  There would be a new nave and two aisles, centered on the high altar, more than doubling the space of the original cathedral.  However, in 1348 the plague overtook Siena and work stopped on the cathedral.

Construction never resumed.  However, the nave, floor and 3 partial walls remain.
The floor serves as a parking lot, and the walls stand as tall and proud as the Sienese.

Siena’s Cathedral (Duomo di Siena) is a delight for the eyes.  It is built in the French Gothic, Classic, and Romanesque Architectural styles.  The sight of the cathedral is breathtaking and stunning.  The cathedral is covered in black and white polychrome marble panels.  Black and white are the symbolic colors of Siena.  The facade is covered with beautiful details: three arched portals, sunbursts, sculptures, patriarchs, prophets, mosaics, gargoyles, and cut tiles.

Click on a photo to begin the scrolling gallery.  Enjoy!

If you want to learn more about Duomo di Siena, click here.

Stay tuned for the interior of this fabulous cathedral!

Thanks for visiting!



16 thoughts on “Siena’s Spectacular Cathedral

  1. This cathedral is breathtaking, so grand and majestic. Standing in front of a building that was built in the 11th century must be so impressive ! Now I imagine the interior, it must be sublime ! What wonderful things you saw on that trip Judy ! I really enjoyed these photos, it’s like I’m travelling with you !

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