Siena – Street Scenes 2

Continuing our walk through Siena, we come upon the Loggia della Mercanzia.  

Loggia della Mercanzia

Loggia della Mercanzia

Loggia della Mercanzia ( Lodge of the Merchants), a meeting place for Siena’s merchants and money lenders and an early form of stock exchange, was built between 1417 and 1428.  The statues on the external loggia pillars depict St. Peter and St. Paul; the other three statues represent three of the four ancient patron saints of the city, San Savino , Sant’Ansano and San Vittore.  The statues were added in the 1450s and 1460s.

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A view up a short pedestrian street.

Via della Campane

Via della Campane

We took a short stop under an archway to get out of the rain for a few minutes at Palazzo Chigi Saracini.

Protected under the arch at Palazzo Chigi Saracini

Protected under the arch at Palazzo Chigi Saracini

Palazzo Chigi Saracini was built by the Marescotti family in the 12th century.  It now houses the Accademia Musicale Chigia (Chigia Music Academy).  It has a wonderful courtyard.

Courtyard at Palazzo Chigi Saracini

Courtyard at Palazzo Chigi Saracini

Courtyard at Palazzo Chigi Saracini

Courtyard at Palazzo Chigi Saracini

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The courtyard contained this old well.  It is inscribed “Micat in Vertice”, the motto of the Chigi family which translates from Latin into English as “Shines on top”, but is translated by the music academy as “uplifts the spirit”.

Well at Palazzo Chigi Saracini

Well at Palazzo Chigi Saracini

The arch has a beautiful ceiling.

Ceiling of Arch at Palazzo Chigi Saracini

Ceiling of Arch at Palazzo Chigi Saracini

I loved the many ornamental iron work on the buildings.  If you recall from an earlier post, these rings were once used to tie up horses.

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I don’t know how you could reach these rings at the top of a second story window.  They must have had very tall horses years ago.

Window

Window

Next post we will tour the Duomo of Siena.

Mark

 

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2 Comments

  1. Karen December 6, 2016 at 6:45 pm #

    love all those green shutters . . .

    • mfyancey December 8, 2016 at 8:47 am #

      Yeah, that’s what made that scene interesting, that all the shutters were the came color. Must be some kind of zoning ordinance. 🙂

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