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Siena Cathedral

Posted by Avital Pinnick on January 20, 2013

Siena Cathedral, Italy

Siena Cathedral, covered in black and white marble, was completed in the thirteenth century. The direction of the church is unusual. Usually the “front” door faces west, with the high altar on the east side, and the main axis of the church running in an east-west direction. Some sources say this cathedral’s axis runs north-south because it was going to be expanded so that the present nave would have been the transept of a church twice the size. I checked a map and the cathedral actually runs at a diagonal — its facade faces south-west, with the high altar on the north-east. This doesn’t mean a whole lot except that I couldn’t use the usual terms like north side, western facade, etc.

The first photo (above) is a close-up of the cupola on top of the dome. As you may have gathered, I love photographing architectural details and sculpture.

The next two photos show the cathedral and its campanile, taken with a wide-angle lens. The piazza in front of the cathedral is not very large, which means that using a normal lens would require stitching several shots together to capture the whole building.

Siena Cathedral, Italy

Siena Cathedral, Italy

Siena Cathedral, Italy

View of the cathedral over the wall, part of the unfinished nave:

Siena Cathedral, Italy

Massive open doorway leading from the street to the unfinished nave. There were plans to double the size of the cathedral, but the Black Death and other problems stopped construction, which was never resumed. Now the unfinished nave is used as a parking area.

Siena Cathedral, Italy

Siena Cathedral, Italy

Inside of  unfinished nave, with Romanesque arch.

Siena Cathedral, Italy

Close-up of the arch (not easy to get without a tripod because it was roughly the height of the church, but the bright sun helped):

Siena Cathedral, Italy

Facade, viewed from the side of the church:

Siena Cathedral, Italy

Close-up of facade:

Siena Cathedral, Italy

Portico over door facing unfinished nave:

Siena Cathedral, Italy

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Venice at Night

Posted by Avital Pinnick on July 23, 2012

Santa Maria delle Salute

The photo above is Santa Maria della Salute, photographed from a vaporetto at night. This posting will wind up my Venice photos. It’s hard to believe, looking back on the 19 blog postings related to Venice, that we were only there three nights. We packed a lot into 2.5 days! I calmed down a little in Florence, after the relentless touring/photographing in Venice and the islands. Also, we spent Shabbat in Florence, so that cut out a day.

I didn’t have a tripod, so my night photos are limited to what I could do with a high ISO and steady hand. Below is the Rialto Bridge.

Rialto Bridge, Venice

Detail of the Rialto Bridge:

Rialto Bridge, Venice

Souvenir stand:

Souvenirs, Venice

Pilazzo at night, Venice

St Mark’s Square, looking towards the Piazetta. The Doge’s Palace is on the right.

St. Mark's Square, Venice

I’m not sure what this old ship was doing in the Venetian lagoon but it was a challenge to photograph.

Old Ship, Venice Lagoon

Canal, Venice

Canal, Venice

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