The Upper Basilica, built after the Lower Basilica, is considered the first gothic church in Italy. The Upper Basilica is brighter than the lower, illuminated by 13th century stained glass, the oldest in Italy. The paint and crayon color "burnt Siena" is based upon the roads and building colors of the Italian city Siena, which was once one of Europe's largest cities, home to 50,000 people, which was on par with Paris, France at the time. Siena was once a hub of banking and military power and was...
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