Thankfully, we had time to tour the beautiful cathedral of Siena. It was completed between 1215-1263. Can you imagine the skills it took to build it? The architecture is Romanesque, which I love.
We took a tour that took us high up on the building itself, with views inside and out. It was amazing. Here is a view of the nave from above:
The original gargoyles had been removed from the outside of the building and could be seen inside in a special gallery.
We also had great views of the city.
This view shows a large arch that was to be another entire section of the cathedral, but it was stopped when the plague killed so many of the construction workers.
Here are some more views from up above.
I was fascinated by the back of this angel.
You can just make out the angel from the street, right in the center. We had walked across that little alcove right behind the angel.
The details of artwork in a cathedral are mind-boggling.
What an amazing experience — seeing this beautiful cathedral!