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Siena – Street Scenes 5 and Church Bells

This will be our final look at Siena.  These are some more shots from the street or our hotel window. This was the most unique image of the Madona, a very modern rendition.  Some translations might help.  elettricita = electricity.  OK, so that wasn’t so helpful.  However, “mostra d’arte, opera di L. Bichi” translates to  “art show by L. Bichi” with the arrow pointing the way, […]

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Siena – Street Scenes 4

Siena is such a wonderful town in which to wander, so many things to see.  This post will show many sites found by wandering around. The tower of Palazzo Pubblico is called Torre del Mangia.  When built it was one of the tallest secular towers in medieval Italy.  At 289 feet, it is third tallest after Cremona’s Torrazzo (367 ft) and the Asinelli tower in Bologna (318 […]

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Siena – Duomo Museum – Misc

Well, we’ve seen many of the scupltures, a beautiful stained-glass window, and several paintings and icons from this museum.  There are several other areas of the museum that were quite interesting, containing art and artifacts not described above. In one room, there were more than a dozen books of music in the form of chants.   This sculpture, Cristo Risorto, is from 1594. This tapestry […]

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Siena – Duomo Museum – Icons and Paintings

The museum has a large collection of paintings with gold backgrounds, many on wood.  Unfortunately, I don’t have very much info on these paintings, but share them because they are beautiful.  Some have notable cracks and warping due to the instability of the wood over the years. Note that in the image below that the mountains are cut off.  In icons of this type, the […]

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Siena – Duomo Museum – Sculptures and Stained Glass

We had the chance to visit Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, the museum of the cathedral. It contains sculptures, paintings, icons, and many other treasures. As you enter the first gallery, you see a collection of fourteenth-century Sienese sculpture by Giovanni Pisano. The extraordinary marble statues portraying Sibyls, Prophets and Philosophers of antiquity that Pisano sculpted while master-builder between 1285 and 1297.   At the end of […]

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Siena – Orienteering Race

It was Sunday morning.  We had been to mass and headed into the main Piazza when we saw some kind of foot race underway.  Lots of people were wearing numbered bibs and carrying maps.   What?  Why were they carrying maps?  Shouldn’t the route be marked through the city?  Then we noticed that runners were going in all directions at once, no one following anyone […]

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Siena and Saint Catherine

The Saint Catherine of Siena parish in Kalamazoo, MI, is celebrating its 50th anniversary as a parish this year.  Fr. Robert Creagan, formerly of this parish, organized and let this pilgrimage to Italy including the tour if Siena.  Today we will take a quick look at two locations in Siena that are of great significance for St. Catherine, the Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico and the Santuario […]

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Siena – Baptistery and More Street Scenes

Battistero di San Giovanni (Baptistery of Saint John) was built between 1316 and 1325 by Camaino di Crescentino.  Recall from a post from Florence that you were not baptized inside the church, but in a separate building. Siena is another great city for food.  Here’s the local butcher’s shop. Here is a “menu of the day” posted just down the street.   Today’s special is […]

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Siena – Santa Maria Assunta Interior

We step inside the church to a grand space filled with beautiful art. Again, the pillars are alternating bands of black and white marble. The ceiling is painted simply, but beautifully. The inlaid marble mosaic floor is one of the most ornate of its kind in Italy, covering the whole floor of the cathedral. This undertaking went on from the 14th to the 16th centuries, […]

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Siena – Santa Maria Assunta

The Cattedrale Metropolitana di Santa Maria Assunta (Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption) was originally designed and completed between 1215 and 1263 on the site of an earlier structure. 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 which are the symbolic colors of Siena.  You can look at this […]

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