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This was a huge project, begun at the height of Siena's glory: to build a huge cathedral, larger than that in Florence, their neighbour and rival, and for which the existing building would only make up the transept! But in 1348 the plague decimated the town and the project was abandoned...Of this formidable unfinished undertaking there remains on the right side the structures of the facade of the new building and a part of the grandiose arcades of the nave which now only hold up the sky. But not to worry, the actual cathedral is wonderful enough to hold your attention! The facade is seductive with rich multicoloured marbles; the lower Romanesque part is by Giovanni Pisano who worked there from 1285 to 1296; one century later the upper part was finished in an exuberant Gothic style. The campanile has a Romanesque sobriety. Inside, the alternate horizontal lines of light and dark marble and the multiplicity of pillars which create, as you walk in, an infinity of new perspectives, are characteristic parts of this admirable building. The pavement, made of 56 marble panels, is unique. It was created by 40 or so artists...but you will only see a part of it since it is 60% covered by a moveable floor allowing some parts to "rest". The pulpit by Nicola Pisano, created six years after the one in the baptistry at Pisa and the stalls in the Presbytery and the frescoes by Pinturicchio in the Piccolomini library must all be seen.

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  • mid Jun-mid Sep: 10.30am-8pm, Sun 1.30pm-6pm; early Mar-mid Jun and mid Sep-end Oct: 10.30am-7.30pm, Sun 1.30pm-6pm; rest of year: 10.30am-6.30pm, Sun 1.30pm-5.30pm

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    Gigantische Kirche! Das absolute Highlight eines Toskana-Besuches. Man sollte genügend Zeit haben, dieses überwältigende Bauwerk auf sich wirken zu lassen.

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