Chicest Church: Siena Cathedral, Siena, Italy

Siena Cathedral

I‘ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I love Italy. From the delicious simplicity of a scoop of stracciatella gelato to the surreal beauty of the Tuscan countryside, everything Italian just oozes beauty and chicness like no other country I have ever seen–and my glowing review most wholeheartedly extends to Italy’s famed cathedrals.

Inside Siena Cathedral

St. Paul’s in Rome, the Duomo of Florence and Venice’s St. Mark’s Basilica are stunning churches one and all. But the house of worship that took my breath away was the Siena Cathedral in the Tuscan enclave of Siena. This medieval hilltop town is a cultural treasure acknowledged by UNESCO in 1995, but it is the Siena Cathedral that is the city’s crowning jewel.

Bernini domeBuilt in the 13th century, the church is constructed in alternating stripes of white and greenish-black marble both inside and out, giving it a stylish, jaunty appearance. The cool interior with its ornate marble floors depicting animals and Biblical scenes and the gilded, hexagonal dome overhead give a luxurious first impression–as though the place is dressed in it’s Sunday best with the rest of the congregation. As though the heavenly architecture weren’t enough, works of art by Michaelangelo, Donatello and Bernini grace the elegant space in that fantastic way that Italy has of masterfully adorning its cathedrals.

Mosaic floorsStill, despite the undeniable chicness, there are only so many cathedrals a person can take in before it’s time to take a break. Gelato anyone?

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4 responses to “Chicest Church: Siena Cathedral, Siena, Italy

  1. Yep, it is absolutely stunning. However I will never forget walking into St Peters Basilica for the first time, or the view of the Duomo from Piazza D’michaelangelo. I would pay to fly back to Italy just for that view!

  2. Leslie, I visited this cathedral some years ago, and it’s absolutely stunning. In the late Middle Ages, and throughout the Renaissance, the Catholic Church knew how to drum up business. Most people at that time lived in hovels, so imagine what it must have felt like walking into a building like this. Nice post and photos. ~James

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