The Cathedral of Siena: History and Exterior

Siena is an impressive city, and its most impressive architectural marvel is its Duomo, or Cathedral. Take a moment to learn about how it was influenced by Siena’s fierce rivalry with Florence in the Middle Ages, and discover the symbolism behind the beautiful marble carvings on the facade. There are also three splendid mosaics, which richly illustrate scenes from the life of Mary, to whom the cathedral is dedicated. You’ll find that even something as seemingly simple as the walls’ black-and-white stripes have a fascinating story behind them, hearkening back to the legends of Ancient Rome.