4 days ago
The altar inside the beautiful Santa Maria Della Scala in Siena, Tuscany. This was one of the many times I was happy to have booked a tour guide who actually explains what we are looking at. Formerly a hospital until 1995, it was catering to homeless children, the poor and most of all pilgrims. It was a powerful centerpiece of Siena and the region of Tuscany, serving as temporary home for pilgrims around the world who journeyed to Rome. It was impressive to walk through the halls which were formerly maternity wards and to find out that our tour guide was born herself in this very place. It has its own chapel which are seen in the photos, an underground viaduct for collecting water and countless art pieces spread through the entire building. The entire place is a piece of art, a delightful sight and awe inspiring how art was such a vital part of society and everyday living in the old times. I wish this would come back to present times.