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Biblioteca Piccolomini, Siena

Categories: Libraries, Traveler Resources
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Biblioteca Piccolomini is perhaps the most elaborate room of the Siena Cathedral. Pope Pius III commissioned the library in the early 16th century to house the valuable book collection of his deceased uncle, Pope Pius II. Walk through the carved marble entrance to see the brightly colored frescoes that cover the walls. These tell the story of Pope Pius II's life. You can study them to learn about one of Siena's most treasured sons. In the middle of the room, admire the famous Three Graces statue, a third-century Roman copy of the Greek original. Biblioteca Piccolomini is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Siena Edition.
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  • Originally conceived and commissioned by the then Archbishop, cardinal Francesco Piccolomini and future Pope Pius III, to host the rich library, which was never for the untimely death of this Pontiff. Three sides of the vast environment are covered with beautiful frescoes by Pinturicchio and his workshop, which depict scenes from the life of Enea Silvio Piccolomini (Pope Pius II). In some there seems even the hand of Raphael. In the Centre, dominates the marmopreo group of the three Graces, a Roman copy of a Hellenistic original); along the side boards that hold many magnificent illuminated manuscripts; In short, don't miss it!
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  • If you come to Siena, please don't miss it. Is one of the most beautiful buildings I've ever seen. The ceiling and the frescoes will leave you without words. 
  • Almost hidden by the beauty of the Cathedral you can find this little treasure trove of absolute beauty. To visit!
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