ONE OF THE WONDERS OF SIENA

Second day of our Tuscany holiday.

Frontal view of Siena Cathedral.
Siena's Cathedral (Duomo) was built between 1215 and 1263 and designed in part by Gothic master Nicola Pisano. His son, Giovanni, drew up the plans for the lower half of the facade, begun in 1285. The facade's upper half was added in the 14th century.
The 14th century was a time of great wealth and power for Siena, and plans were made to expand the cathedral into a great church that would dwarf even St. Peter's in Rome. The already-large Duomo would form just the transept of this huge cathedral.
The construction of a new nave off the Duomo's right transept got underway in 1339. But in 1348, the Black Death swept through the city and killed 4/5 of Siena's population. The giant cathedral was never completed, and the half-finished walls of the Duomo Nuovo (New Cathedral) survive as a monument to Siena's ambition and one-time wealth. They are called ‘The Facciatone’ (the huge face or facade). I’ve been on it to take some shots of the city.
In the 19th century, the cathedral was extensively restored, including the addition of golden mosaics on the facade. Many of the statues decorating the façade are replicas and the originals are in the Cathedral museum which I visited too.
Thank you very much for looking and for your wonderful comments on yesterday's picture.
Btw yesterday's guy didn't manage to lure me into the shop.
Sue
Oh what a brilliant photo! I love how it just shines out! Beautiful building.
posted August 19th, 2014  
This is amazingly intricate work. Love how it stands out against the blue sky
posted August 19th, 2014  
Beautiful, beautiful cathedral!
posted August 19th, 2014  
Incredible capture of that magnificent building. The brilliant light brings out so many of the decorative features. Fav
posted August 19th, 2014  
A gorgeous building.
posted August 19th, 2014  
We were there and it is wonderful also brings back memories.
posted August 19th, 2014  
Great detail and fab blue sky
posted August 19th, 2014  
Wow, thank you Dione for sharing the history of this magnificent cathedral. It is stunning image beautifully contrasted against the blue sky :-)
posted August 19th, 2014  
Such an impressive building and the stone looks wonderful against that beautiful blue sky.
posted August 19th, 2014  
What an amazing piece of history. Thank you so much for the detailed narrative explaining this cathedral's history.
posted August 19th, 2014  
Amazing architecture!
posted August 19th, 2014  
An absolutely stunning shot
posted August 19th, 2014  
Wow, very impressive!!
posted August 19th, 2014  
What amazing architecture......great pov Dione, looking forward to more photos of your Tuscany trip.
posted August 19th, 2014  
Impressive cathedral. Great shot dione.
posted August 19th, 2014  
i always think of the masons and such who worked their entire lives on these.
posted August 19th, 2014  
Awesome shot
posted August 19th, 2014  
I would love to see inside that place. WOW
posted August 19th, 2014  
What a beautiful looking cathedral and a great capture. Fav!
posted August 19th, 2014  
Fav Dione, fabulous
posted August 19th, 2014  
Amazing building
posted August 19th, 2014  
This is so impressive
posted August 19th, 2014  
Stunning building - super pov
posted August 19th, 2014  
Fabulous looking cathedral - what amazing detail. I always enjoy the history you give with your photos. This is really impressive.
posted August 19th, 2014  
Awesome. A great and beautiful capture of this beautiful church/Cathedral . Thanks for the interesting info.
posted August 19th, 2014  
The artistry in this is beyond words. Nothing, it seems, is built like this anymore, which is why it's wonderful that efforts are made to preserve such treasures.
posted August 19th, 2014  
So much work on this building. Amazing.
posted August 19th, 2014  
What a magnificent and intricately detailed cathedral!
posted August 19th, 2014  
Gorgeous building and such amazing detail!!! Interesting to read your narrative too!!! FAV!!!
posted August 20th, 2014  
WOW, it's a great image Dione. A beautiful cathedral. fav.
posted August 20th, 2014  
Stunning architecture and design!!! Awesome capture of this gorgeous cathedral!!! FAV!!! Enjoyed all the history. Thanks for sharing!
posted August 20th, 2014  
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