Siena Cathedral, “Duomo, DI Siena” the building time for this church lasted for two centuries between 1190 and 1376 and interrupted many times, thereby the church contains many architectural styles i.e., Romanesque, Gothic to name but two, the lower parts were built by Giovanni Pisano and the upper completed by Giovanni, DI Cecco with an aborted attempt to extend the building during that time. The floor of this space is to be seen to be believed, the black and white banding of the external façade is echoed on the inside by beautiful mosaic marble paving. 56 panels by different artists uncovered between the 15 August and the 15 September every year, no other time can they be stepped on, and are roped off. it’s interior also contains many works of art, sculpture by Michelangelo, Donatello and Bernini, and fresco’s in the library by Pinturicchio, and of course the Gothic pulpit by Nicola Pisano from 1268 the afore mentioned can be seen on pages 172 to 175 of my book.
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We cannot leave the Cathedral without talking about the magnificent bell tower built in the fourteenth century, it has a peculiar structure in as much has it starts with one window at the bottom and increasing to six at the top on all four sides, with black and white banding all the way up to the top. The façade of the main building has beautifully sculptured decoration has can be seen from the image to the left, much of it by Michelangelo buonarotti, who sculptured “the David” where a copy stands at the entrance to the Palazzo della Signoria in Florence, with the original at the “Galleria dell’ Accademia” also in Florence.