Siena Cathedral, Siena

Immerse yourself in the city's history and art with a visit to Siena Cathedral, considered one of the country's greatest medieval churches. Built in several stages and combining elements of the Gothic, Romanesque, and Classical architectural styles, the cathedral was consecrated in 1215. The building has the form of a Latin cross, featuring a slightly projecting transept, bell tower, and a dome, parts of which were designed by architect Gianlorenzo Bernini. The cathedral is constructed of white and greenish-black marble in alternating stripes, with red marble added to the facade. Black and white are the symbolic colors of Siena, linked to the black and white horses of the legendary founders of the city, Senius and Aschius. The building also includes a renowned museum of Italian sculpture, displaying works by Donatello, Bernini, and Michelangelo. All-inclusive tickets are available online, providing access to the entire cathedral complex, including the terrace above the museum with its views of the city. Add Siena Cathedral to your Siena travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Siena vacation planner .
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  • Spectacular structure that stands on the square of the same name .... gorgeous style between Gothic and Roman ... beautiful white marble alternating with pink marble decorations rich in scallops ... facade really to see ... However, that advice is not to stop and Enter ... the Interior floors are made from many different coloured marble reliefs--from white to black and pink verde...al depict ancient characters .... the vaulted ceilings crossed ... paintings ... ... I highly recommend a thorough examination
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  • This Cathedral in Siena cannot but be a cultural and religious heritage for everyone! Rich finishes, murals and history, is a place of worship to visit and appreciate, even to say a simple prayer!
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  • Cathedral that leaves you speechless. Highly recommend to make a visit to a fee called the "gate of heaven", allowing you to see it from above, inside and out, to know the secrets. Scenic and impactful.
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  • Stunning example of Italian architecture. Filled with paintings and sculptures collected over hundreds of years. Be sure to take the tour that brings you up to the top of the duomo. The views over the city are gorgeous and the guides give you a detailed understanding of construction and evolution.
  • Tells an amazing story of pilgrims, hospitality, religion and power. Building is an amazing architectural gem on a vast scale. Artwork, sculptures and library are almost unequalled. Need to allow two to four hoursif everything to be seen is to be enjoyed. Best to get one of the audio guides or visit with a tour guide.
  • Did not enter, looks really nice from the outside. There's no parking nearby, be really careful if you use google map to guide you to a nearby garage. Google maps is right, but how they get there is tricky as they led us with the shortest method which we drove through the city and it gave us a hard attack and a good fine.
  • Very beautiful cathedral which is more a museum. You can buy a ticket that also grants you access to the tower. Recommended
  • Go in early morning or late after noon for the magical light, love the contrasting layers of the stone construction. When the light hits the contrasting wall with it’s late afternoon golden light, it’s magical!
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