Thursday, April 11, 2013

Day Trip: Siena

I went to Siena yesterday with Marissa. We began at the Duomo, an elaborate and dramatic cathedral in black and white marble stripes built from 1215-1263. We toured the interior, the library, the crypt (which was only discovered in 1999!), and the museum. (The museum includes some amazing metalwork, enamels, and embroidery.) We also climbed a narrow spiral staircase to the top of a wall to see a panoramic view of the city and Tuscan countryside. Then we went to the Sanctuary of St. Catherine and Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico. The Basilica is where you can see St. Catherine's head and her finger, both displayed in reliquaries. (She died in the late 1300s!) Since I read about the saints all winter long this was incredibly interesting for me and quite astonishing to see in person. The basilica itself is vast and very, very quiet. No photos are allowed and few people were inside. It was wonderful.
view from the wall of the Duomo

ceiling of the library at the Duomo

photo of a postcard showing the head of St. Catherine

Marissa and me at the steps of the Duomo

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