The Duomo, as it is seen today, stands on a plot of land that has always been dedicated to religion. Archaeological research ... More
Cathedral of Siena (Duomo di Siena)
The Duomo, as it is seen today, stands on a plot of land that has always been dedicated to religion. Archaeological research has shown that there was a temple built here as early as the 3rd Century. The Church of Santa Maria was built on top of that, and then the current Duomo, which begun at the end of the 12th-century. It is based on a Latin cross design with three naves. The polychrome marble facade is quite extraordinary. The entrance to the Libreria Piccolomini can be found in the nave on the left. The area dedicated to religious functions is enclosed and must not be entered during Mass as a sign of respect. Photographs are not allowed inside and all mobile 'phones should be turned off whether services are being held or not.
The Palio Horse Race is an annual event that commemorates the miraculous appearance of The Virgin Mary near the houses
of Provenzano Salvani. The first Palio, run in 1656 was called the "Madonna di Provenzano". There are two bareback ...
Siena is the embodiment of a medieval city. Its inhabitants pursued their rivalry with Florence right into the area of
urban planning. Throughout the centuries, they preserved their city's Gothic appearance, acquired between the 12th and 15th centuries. During ...
This was the house where St. Catherine of Siena actually lived. She was born as Catherine Benincasa in the building,
although the space around it was not originally part of the property; that has been acquired with the rise ...