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The Marble Pavement Of The Cathedral Of Siena
cwo3ward @ 12/ 20/ 2009

The Cathedral of Siena is a medievel church that is a short walk up the hill from the famous "Il Campo" square. The church is dedicated to Holy Mary of Assumption. The church was constructed from about 1215 to 1263 AD. The shape of the church is that of a Latin cross. The Duomo (cathedral church of Siena) has a dome and a bell tower on top. Gian Lorenzo Bernini is responsible for adding the lantern at the top of the dome.


The church is constructed out of white and dark-green (almost black) marble in alternating layers to form a striped appearance. There is also red marble used on the facade. Black and white are the symbolic colors of Siena.


We walked up the hill from Il Campo and made our way around the Duomo to the front of the church. I sat down and attempted to take in the beauty of the church and really savor the fact that I was finally seeing Siena! The church was not as large as many of the churches we had already seen. But it was every bit as impressive. I was anxious to go in and have a look around and to get some pictures and video. We walked up the steps and I just had to stop and admire the carved images that were right there on the outside of the church. See the pictures and video below. I knew there was something amazing inside when I saw what the outside had offer.


It was such a treat to just wander around the church and see everything inside.

What were the WOW moments you experienced?
We walked into the cathedral and were bowled over by the carved, etched marble floors. The detail was astonishing and there were obviously many different artists who developed areas of the church. I enjoyed putting together a video of the inside of the church. Visiting the Cathedral of Siena made me keenly aware of the amazing differences in the churches throughout Europe. They're all so unique and inspirational. I look forward to visiting many more places of worship in many countries!
Italy, Siena, Marble Pavement

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