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 The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta by paolo1955

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Featured in RB Explore Photography Page July – 14 – 2013

Views 1211 at August – 04 – 2013

Properties inscribed on the World Heritage List – Italy – Historic Centre of the City of Pienza 1996

Nikon D100 Sigma 15/30

Featured in For The Love of Jesus Group July – 31 – 2013

Featured in 100% Group July – 14 – 2013

Featured in Solo Exhibition Group Agoust – 25 – 2010

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Featured in Old and New Buildings Group May – 09 – 2010

Featured in Christian Churches, Statues and Crosses Group September – 07 – 2009


Pienza, a town and commune in the province of Siena, in the Val d’Orcia in Tuscany (central Italy), between the towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino, is the "touchstone of Renaissance urbanism-

Pienza, a small town near Siena, is a rare example of Renaissance town building. Defined, from time to time, the “ideal city”, the “utopian city”, it represents one of the best planned Renaissance towns, where a model of ideal living and governing was realized thus working out the idea of a town able to satisfy the need for a pacific, civil and hardworking living. It represented the so called utopia of the “civitas” vainly cherished by people for centuries.Pienza has at present two museum, a third one into being. Its location in the middle of Val d’Orcia, a wonderful and untouched valley, enables the town to perfectly embody the basic interest which the humanistic architecture gave to the relationship man – nature.
Nowadays Pienza is part of a territorial system called “Parco artistico, naturale e culturale della Val d’Orcia”, which aims at preservation of the extraordinary artistic heritage of the five boroughs which constitute it: Castiglion d’Orcia, Montalcino, San Quirico d’Orcia, Radicofani and Pienza.
The center of Pienza was completely redesigned by Pope Pius II in Renaissance times. He planned to transform his birthplace into a model Renaissance town. The architect Bernardo Rossellino was commissioned to build a Duomo, papal palace and town hall, the construction were completed in three years.

The Duomo

The Duomo was built by the architect Rossellino (1459) and is now suffering from serious subsidence at its eastern end. There were cracks in the walls and floor of the nave, but the splendid classical proportions are remained inctact. It is flooded with ligth from the vast stained glass windows request by Pius II; he wanted a domus vitrea (litterally “a house of glass”), which would symbolize the spirit of intellectual enlightenment of the Humanist age.

Nikon D100 Sigma 15/30


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  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersabout 5 years ago

    A very beautiful place and you have created a very beautiful image of it. xo

  • Thanks ever so much , always great to hear from you.

    – paolo1955

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenabout 5 years ago

    Gorgeous capture…..looks like such an awesome place. Wonderful write up too. Glad you shared this !!

  • Thanks my friend for your kind words and support.

    – paolo1955

  • webbie
    webbieabout 5 years ago

    Just Beautiful ,great capture)

  • I truly appreciate your most kind comments here.

    – paolo1955

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenabout 5 years ago


    – paolo1955

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful work!! Congratulations on your feature!

  • Thanks ever so much Karen, always great to hear from you.

    – paolo1955

  • RRoca
    RRocaabout 5 years ago

    Wow….what a beautiful church and capture of it. Congratulations on your feature!

  • Thank you so much for your much appreciated comment.

    – paolo1955

  • Tomasz Juszczak
    Tomasz Juszczakover 4 years ago

    An intriguing image. Quite flat at first glance yet distinctly 3 dimensional. Subtle textures in the foreground lead the eye towards the church façade. Beautifully balanced composition. Great shot.

  • Thanks so very much, so happy you like this, comments like yours make it all worth while!

    – paolo1955

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 4 years ago

    A wonderful capture.

  • Thanks ever so much Don, always great to hear from you.

    – paolo1955

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGover 4 years ago

    Congratulations! Your photo has been featured in “Old and New Buildings”

    This photo was chosen because it was of a very high quality and it captured exactly the sort of work we are looking for in this group.

    Please keep up the great work and we hope you continue to add more of your excellent photographs to this group.

  • Thanks ever so much Graham,for the feature Much appreciated, I am truly honored

    – paolo1955

  • Julie Everhart
    Julie Everhartover 4 years ago

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  • Thanks ever so much , always great to hear from you.

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