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Towering above the old city of Siena is the astonishing Cathedral (Duomo) of Santa Maria Assunta, one of the best examples of Gothic architecture in Italy. The cathedral was originally designed and completed between 1215 and 1263 on the site of an earlier structure. It has the form of a Latin cross with a slightly projecting transept, a dome and a bell tower. The dome rises from an octagonal base with supporting columns. The lantern atop the dome was added by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The nave is separated from the two aisles by semicircular arches. The exterior and interior are constructed of white and greenish-black marble in alternating stripes, with addition of red marble on the façade. Black and white are the symbolic colors of Siena, etiologically linked to black and white horses of the legendary city's founders, Senius and Aschius.

I don't have much time for TE and photography these days... but wanted to share something from my last trip to Tuscany/Umbria. The place is unbelievably beautiful... but sadly, I didn't have the right equipment to capture all this beauty, as my faithful 18-200 was broken just before the trip, and I had to suffice with the plastic 18-55 from the kit. Thinking of new gear now...

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