David takes you on a walk inside and out of Siena’s Cathedral. The Cathedral, known as the Duomo, was mostly built in the 13th century and is a fine example of the Gothic/Romanesque architectural style. The exterior sports a colorful display of statues, frills, and ornamentation honoring the Virgin Mary. Inside are finely-crafted inlaid mosaic floors and sculptures by great artists such as Donatello, Pisano, Bernini, and Michelangelo. Finally, the Piccolomini Library houses fine examples of “Gregorian” chant “hymnals” illuminated with richly colored graphics and 15th-century frescos chronicling local boy Aeneas Piccolomini, who became Pope Pius II in October 1405.
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