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“Divine Beauty” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Siena Cathedral

Siena Cathedral
Piazza del Duomo, 53100 Siena, Italy
0577 286300
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Owner description: The magnificent complex of the Cathedral of Siena, its Duomo, houses a series of some of the most important monuments of the European artistic panorama. With its more than one million visitors every year, the Cathedral without a doubt represents the fulcrum of the entire complex, while other significant elements include the Crypt, the Baptistery and the Museo dell'Opera, all part of the impressive mass formed by the "Duomo Vecchio" (Old Cathedral), and the "Duomo Nuovo" (New Cathedral). Visitors will travel along a memorable itinerary to the discovery of self and the truth of faith through culture and art, the result of more than a millennium of Western history.
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“Divine Beauty”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

This cathedral is an exciting place to visit. No matter how many times you see it, you always notice something different because it has so, so much beautiful and important stuff inside and outside as well.
The marble floors are a famous masterpiece; they cover a vast area but in the past five or so years some have been covered in order to protect them. They rotate which scenes are uncovered for viewing although there is often a time each year when they uncover them all. The scenes are poignant and relatable such as the one where King Herod has all male children murdered. They are also head-scratchingly hard to imagine how the work was actually done. The marble is inlaid in colors to form the amazing scenes. It is also interesting to reflect on the centuries of wear from people walking across them. (and that's just the floors)
Each chapel and side chapel is spectacular and contains spectacular works of art. Because it is so immense, even a stroll around the perimeter will take time. The frescoes, the vaults, the marble, the statues, gates, balustrades... goodness gracious!
Note: There is no fee to enter but there is a fee to visit the Piccolomini Library Pay it! When are you going to have a chance to see it again. The same for the Baptistry ad for the Museum of the Works of the Duomo. GO!

Visited November 2012
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“The Duomo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

I have visited many cathedrals around the world, and I think I liked the Duomo in Siena best of all. The artistry of the floors alone is worth the visit, although I heard that they are not always uncovered and available for viewing.

Visited October 2012
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“Beautiful Cathedral”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

One of the prettier cathedrals we were in. I would have skipped some of the other tours, crypt, museum.

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“Beyond words”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Great beauty, great history, the duomo floor mosaics are unlike anything I've seen. The Duomo museum is also very worthwhile as the original stained glass window (and other treasures) are preserved there.

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“Marvelous structure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

The stonework and colors of the exterior are amazing. The interior is a rich collection of detail and a glimpse into the history of this amazing city.

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