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Historic Centre of Siena is a medieval city in Tuscany, Italy, that is recognised as a World Heritage Site. The city traces its roots back to the Etruscans. At that time an Etruscan tribe called Saina inhabited the area. The legend surrounding the founding of Siena is related to that of Rome. It was said to have been founded by Senius, the son of Remus, who together with his brother Romulus, were raised by a she-wolf, and who later jointly founded Rome.


Piazza Salimbeni in Siena
Piazza Salimbeni in Siena
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Siena was a rival to Florence in terms of architecture and urban planning. It manages to preserve much of the Gothic structures in the heart of the city. These date from the 12th to the 15th centuries. The Cathedral of Siena, dating to the 12th century, is regarded as one of the best examples of Italian Romanesque-Gothic architecture.

Historic Centre of Siena was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 19th session of the World Heritage Committee in Berlin, Germany, on 4 - 9 December, 1995.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 43 19 7 E 11 19 54 in the city of Siena, in Tuscany, Italy
Inscription Year: 1995
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: I, II, IV
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