It is considered one of the most important Italian Renaissance monuments for certain architectual elements such as the double sloping roof and the central roundel (for its luminosity) similar to Franciscan Gothic churches and the German Hallenkirchen, that Pope Pio II had visited on numerous occasions. The overall effect is very Renaissance and fundamentally influenced by L.B. Alberti who is considered the real founder of Pienza’a Cathedral.
The travertine facade was also designed by Rossellino. Four pilasters divide it into three areas corresponding to the internal layout of one nave and two aisles. The string-course frame divides the facade into two areas; the lower one has three doorways, the upper one has three large arches supported by columns. Beneath the side arches classicized niches were created, the central one contains the roundel.
The facade’s gable is dominated by the Piccolomini coat of arms surrounded by friut festoons.
The external walls of the church and apse both have gothic windows, allowing a great deal of light to enter, creating a magical atmosphere inside.
The tall belltower was seriously damaged with the 1545 earthquake and subsequently repaired in 1570.
The interior is still structurally Gothic in style, it has a latin cross shape divided into one nave and two aisles, all of the same height. The middle nave is slightly larger than the side aisles. Two rows of pilasters with semi-columns and raised decorated capitals, divide the aisles.
The apse is divided into three chapels, the main one has the choir. Another two chapels are shaped because of the land on which the apse has been built. The church has many paintings of the most famous artists of the period commissioned by Pope Pio II.
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