Siena Duomo, Tuscany

Small wonder the historic centre of Siena in Tuscany is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Across the rooftops of the UNESCO World Heritage historic centre of Siena, with the Duomo on the left and the Palazzo Publico’s Torre del Mangia on the right

And at its heart, in more ways than one, is the Duomo… Siena’s noble and iconic cathedral.

The grandiose Siena Duomo

The current building was begun in 1136, on the site of an earlier church. Over the next 250 years it gradually grew into the magnificent black and white marble edifice we see today.

The nave of the Duomo vanishing into the distance

The Duomo is filled with repeating patterns

In fact, ambitious plans in the 14th Century would have seen cathedral expanded still further, to become the largest Christian church in existence. Sadly, these were abandoned after the Black Death decimated Siena’s population in 1348.

The angular interior of the cathedral’s dome

The Gothic vaulted ceiling of the nave

Yet walking around and within the magnificent Siena Duomo, it’s difficult to imagine a more impressive structure.

Siena Duomo at dusk from the City Walls

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This week’s post was inspired by the themes Black and White from Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, Noble from Fandango, Repeating Patterns from Jenn of Travelling at Wits End, Angle from Ragtag Daily Prompt, and Vanishing Point from Nancy of Nancy Merrill Photography.



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6 Responses to Siena Duomo, Tuscany

  1. Cee Neuner says:

    Fabulous post and photos. 😀 😀

  2. Pingback: Indoor Rainbows at the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona | Jaspa's Journal

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