Duomo di Siena
Duomo di Siena is the biggest, grandest building in central Siena, built in the 11th century. The exterior looks mighty impressive, but it is as beautiful, if not more, on the inside. Masterpieces of Michelangelo, Donatello, Bernini and Pisano can be found in the same place it has been for many centuries.
Inside the church lies a quiet beauty. It is quite dark inside which I suppose is typical of Gothic churches, with light streaming in through stained glass windows.
|Stripes and dimly lit interiors typical of Gothic churches|
|Popes looking down on you and watching.|
|Dramatic arches and the massive dome from inside|
|Angels dangling on the dome above Donatello's St. John the Baptist|
|Nicola Pisano's sculptures on this huge marble pulpit towards the front of the Duomo|
|The beauty of this massive pulpit was awe-inspiring for me.|
|Left: one of the frescoes on one of the wall panels. Right: A page of a psalter - it's beautiful!|
|Detail of the library ceiling|
|Vibrant colors, swirls, patterns and gold|