Polished, twisted and fluted columns, striped arches and chequerboard panels, crisply carved foliage and inlaid flowers; the variety of the decoration suggests a master stone mason keen to display all the possibilities of his craft. This is the facade of Genoa’s St Lorenzo Cathedral. From a distance the building looks simply striped in black and white marble like so many Italian churches. Close up the subtle colours and extraordinary detail are simply beautiful.

 

In close up the stonework looks remarkably modern.  It was completed in 1312.

Click on any photo for a closer view.

A post for Thursday Doors.