National Geographic : 1928 Apr
HOLIDAYS AMONG THE HILL TOWNS 429 Photograph by Emil P. Albrecht RED, WHITE, AND BLACK MARBLE DISTINGUISH THE FAgADE OF SIENA'S CATHEDRAL This beautiful thirteenth-fourteenth century building rises majestically above the city from a hill where, according to tradition, a temple to Minerva once stood. Certain it is that a shrine to the Virgin Mary has occupied the site for nearly a thousand years. The facade is attributed by some authorities to the master, Giovanni Pisano. The statues are modern copies of the weatherworn originals (see, also, text, page 434).