The cavernous duomo, Cathedral of Siena, faces the Ospedale di Santa Maria della Scala, which at present houses an invaluable museum. Twelve steps lead up to the cathedral, each step representing one of the apostles. The cathedral is highly regarded for its grandeur and its embodiement of Gothic architecture. Building was finished in 1382. The cathedral was decorated with many statues of prophets and apostles; currently, the original sculptures are in the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo while the sculptures found in the church are replicas. The main door that is seen today is not the original either, it was carved in 1958 by Enrico Manfrini and depicts the Glorification of the Holy Virgin.
Some of the outstanding artwork found here is Michelangelo’s Saint Peter, Donatello’s statue in the Chapel of Saint John the Baptist and Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s statues adorning the Chigi Chapel. There are also many beautiful tombstones found in the cathedral. the floor of the cathedral is composed of 59 mosaic panels. They are covered most of the year, but are open when the Palio is being celebrated. Make sure you take a tour of Piccolomini Library and the bell tower when you visit this beautiful cathedral.
Opening times: 10.30am-7.30pm Mon-Sun, to 6.30 Nov-Mar.
Admission fee: €5.