Siena Cathedral reflected

Hans Bax

Gouda, Netherlands

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From Friday, July 2 through Friday, July 9, my brother and I made a trip to Rome. Two nieces of us had made the same trip by bike and we would pick them up by car.

On our way to Rome, we also visited the beautiful city of Siena. The historic centre of Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site.

On this image the Siena Cathedral reflected.

The Cathedral of Siena (Italian: Duomo di Siena), dedicated from its earliest days as a Roman Catholic Marian church and now to Santa Maria Assunta (Most Holy Mary of Assumption), is a medieval church in Siena, central Italy.

The cathedral itself was originally designed and completed between 1215 and 1263 on the site of an earlier structure. It has the form of a Latin cross with a slightly projecting transept, a dome and a bell tower. The dome rises from an octagonal base with supporting columns. The lantern atop the dome, was added by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The nave is separated from the two aisles by semicircular arches. The exterior and interior are constructed of white and greenish-black marble in alternating stripes, with addition of red marble on the façade. Black and white are the symbolic colors of Siena, etiologically linked to black and white horses of the legendary city’s founders, Senius and Aschius.

Siena, Italy – 2 July 2010
Camera: Canon Powershot SX1 IS

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