Most of the following photographs of the Duomo (Cathedral of Santa Maria consecrated in the 12th century) in Siena can probably be found on Google Images, but some may draw attention to something less frequently a focal point. The first three are exterior shots of the front taken early in the morning before the crowds really swarm. The time we out made it possible to get some unobstructed views, but it also made it difficult to pick up the lovely colors of the stone. This facade is the traditional Siena black and white with red marble that really looks more pink; you may be able to see the colors in later photos.
This is the very top:
This is one of my favorite elements on in the facade. This window reflects the sky; isn't this both unique and extraordinarily clever?
Now the right side:
Left side showing a few of the sculptures of saints and various beasts. If you look at the lion on this side and then compare it with the one on the left side . . .
If you look at the lion on this side and then compare it with the one on the right side . . .
You will see that the artist did not carve the two alike. Each carving is individual. There are a lot of carvings!
Designs on either side of the doors.
Below you will see some black and white marble on the top"landing" or upper level of the stairs leading to the main doors. There were "simple" designs (the thin black lines within the leaves are actually tiny black dots of marble inserted in the design!).
Black and white - with black shadows!
A side door:
Tomorrow the focus will be on the inside of the Duomo.