Siena

Siena was a city-state in the hills of Tuscany that was a major rival of Florence in the 13th century.
The medieval city center is a UNESCO World Heritage site, famous for its narrow medieval streets,
tower houses and palazzos, the Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral of Siena and the Piazza del Campo
(town square) with the Palazzo Pubblico and the Torre del Mangia, site of the biannual Palio horse race.

I stopped in Siena for an afternoon while traveling between Florence and Rome. This section contains
3 pages with over 140 images of the Scenery and Architecture of Siena including two pages detailing
the exterior and interior of the magnificent Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, the Duomo of Siena.

Like the Bruges section, most of the images in the Siena section other than detail crops have been
created directly from the images prepared for full-sized output (which are available on Photoshelter).
The title bar text is therefore smaller than other images on this website. Detail crops which were
custom-prepared for use on this website can be identified by the larger text in the title bars.

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Images in this section are in three different Galleries on the Photoshelter website.
The Banner below leads to the Siena Collections page where a Gallery can be selected.

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Direct Links to the three Galleries in the Photoshelter Siena Collection:

Siena Scenery
Siena Cathedral Exterior
Siena Cathedral Interior

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The Tuscan hill-city of Siena retains its medieval character. Narrow streets populated
with ancient tower houses and medieval palazzos wind throughout the city, the center of
which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for the breakneck horse race known as
the Palio, run around Piazza del Campo bi-annually. Over 50 images of street scenes,
palazzos and piazzas in the south and central contrades of Siena are on this page.

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The exterior of the Cathedral of Siena is a superb example of Italian Romanesque-Gothic architecture.
Begun in 1200, the main structure was completed by 1215 and construction of the vaults, bell tower and
dome continued through 1264. The facade was built in two stages: the Tuscan Gothic lower facade, with
gargoyles and statues of prophets and apostles was built between 1284-1317. The upper facade was
begun in 1376, inspired by the workwhich was done on Orvieto Cathedral. This page has 30 images
detailing the exterior architecture and facade sculptures of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta.

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The interior of the Siena Cathedral is clad in black and white marble, alternating in stripes as a
 reference to the black and white on the Sienese civic coat of arms. The Gothic ribbed vaults of the
 13th century interior are blue with fields of golden stars, and the ribs themselves are richly decorated
with gilded motifs. Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque frescoes and sculptures created by some
of the finest artists of the period are housed in the Cathedral. This page displays over 50 images
illustrating some of the architecture and artwork of Santa Maria Assunta, the Cathedral of Siena.

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A composite image displaying the nave, the drum under the dome, and the apse
of Siena Cathedral on the left, and the Gothic arches of the Chancel on the right.

Available as an XL Composite (3197 x 2577, 9.5 MB)

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Images in this section are in three different Galleries on the Photoshelter website.
The Banner below leads to the Siena Collections page where a Gallery can be selected.

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Direct Links to the three Galleries in the Photoshelter Siena Collection:

Siena Scenery
Siena Cathedral Exterior
Siena Cathedral Interior

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