Small wonder the historic centre of Siena in Tuscany is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
And at its heart, in more ways than one, is the Duomo… Siena’s noble and iconic cathedral.
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.
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.
Yet walking around and within the magnificent Siena Duomo, it’s difficult to imagine a more impressive structure.
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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.