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Review of Siena Cathedral

Siena Cathedral
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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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Reviewed May 4, 2013

The cathedral is absolutely magnificent. The view from the rooftop is spectacular. Definitely a must see in Siena.

Visited October 2012
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

You just have to go. There's no reason not to. This is a gorgeous cathedral, to put it lightly. It's a must see!

Visited April 2013
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“Breath Taking!”
Reviewed May 2, 2013

The duomo is a "must see" in Siena. It would be impossible to describe the beauty of the duomo, the sculptures, the black and white marble and the altars. Be certain to visit the crypt (entry is behind the duomo). It is breath taking and an experience I will never forget.

Visited April 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Nothing In The World Quite Like It”
Reviewed May 1, 2013

There are few cathedrals in the world like the Siena Cathedral (the church of Santa Maria Assunta). It's a world heritage site for good reason. The duochrome stone walls and pillars, the sculpture throughout by Bernini and Michelangelo (among a dozen other great Italians sculptors), the grand pulpit by Pisano, and art by a dozen of the finest painters in history are certainly the highlights. Take time (early in the day is the best start time in order to get good interior photos of the stunning stained glass) to slowly stroll the place. I highly recommend renting the audio guide and taking a slow loop through the place. Don't miss the library room with its ancient, illustrated books open (behind sealed glass of course) so that you can see and read the ancient Latin inscriptions.

What a place. If you really love this kind of thing, prepare to spend at least two hours, but remember too that one could spend years studying the art and the history of the cathedral.

Visited April 2013
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“Better than Excellent!”
Reviewed April 30, 2013

Can I give it ten stars instead of five pleeeeeez? Hubby and I are still speechless after visiting today. We've seen a lot of cathedrals over the years, but this one is really special. Give yourself plenty of time as there is so much to see inside and out - all of it truly magnificent. We usually buy 2-4 postcards at each cathedral to remember it by, but we bought the whole book this time as we want to remember every itty bitty inch of it. The floor alone will astound you, and now THAT'S a pulpit! The black and white marble throughout is sooooooo dramatic and lovely. I could go on and on and on - just go and see for yourself. You will not be sorry. See the crypt, baptistery, and museum too! If you climb to the top in the museum, you'll have spectacular views of Siena and Tuscany. You go up and up and up a narrow, spiral staircase with tiny steps, and your whole flashes before you several times. Not recommended if you are older and stairs are a problem; however, we ARE older and stairs are NOT our friends anymore, yet we made it and lived to tell the tale. Was it worth it? Yes, but my knees aren't speaking to me tonight.

Visited April 2013
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