The Pulitzer Prize is a pretty big deal here in the US. The 2015 prize for literature went to Anthony Doerr for his wonderful novel “All the Light We Cannot See.” Before that, however, he wrote “Four Seasons in Rome,” about a year he and his wife and newborn twins spent here in the Eternal City, a book so charming and evocative than I whizzed through it almost non-stop, and recommended it to a friend, who also found it irresistible. This image is a monochrome version of an image I posted several years ago, and is in response to a request for an image of Rome. Given that the Piazza Navona is considered by many to be the cultural heart of Rome, and Bernini one of Rome’s most famous sculptors, here we are at his majestic Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, or Fountain of the Four Rivers.
Siena Cathedral (Italian: Duomo di Siena) is a medieval church in Siena, Italy, dedicated from its earliest days as a Roman Catholic Marian church, and now dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta (Holy Mary, Our Lady of the Assumption).
The cathedral itself 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 a hexagonal 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.
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