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The Baptistery of St. John, Florence

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The Baptistery of St. John is one of the oldest buildings in the city, constructed between 1059 and 1128. It's renowned for the three sets of bronze doors. Observe how the eight lower panels of the south doors depict the virtues of hope, faith, charity, humility, fortitude, temperance, justice, and prudence. The most famous set, the east doors, are a copy; the originals are being preserved in the Duomo's museum. You still get a sense of their importance and you can admire the depiction of "The Story of Joseph." Inside the baptistery, be sure to look up at the domed, mosaic ceiling. Plan to visit The Baptistery of St. John and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Florence attractions using our Florence itinerary planner.
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  • The inside is expensive to visit so it is best to just see the outside and the door which tells a great story and has a few interesting features and trivia. Compared to the dome across from it, this i...  more »
  • While the baptistry was not very big, the murals were beautiful. Most stunning of course is the mural on the ceiling 
  • Already seen from the outside it looks like a little gem because of particularly vivid geometric decorations. Particularly nice doors with bronze panels by Ghiberti and Andrea Pisano. Once inside you can not take my eyes from the dome with mosaics with biblical scenes. In short, a masterpiece.
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  • A truly remarkable building both inside and out. Very unique and unlike anything I've seen before. Highly recommended.
  • The architecture and interior design of St. John Baptistery are beautiful. I remember there was a big marble bowl with stand in the middle of the room of the baptism ceremony and on both sides there were some pews. The ceiling is filled with beautiful Renaissance paintings.
  • Right across from Duomo is this beautiful church built of the same style and time in Florence. Known for the dramatic exterior, golden doors and huge line to get in and explore. Such magical energy in this area.
  • Absolutely beautiful, and it probably has the shortest line (besides walking into the main church) amongst all of the 5 attractions that the Duomo ticket (15€) provides. Definitely buy your ticket a few days in advance, as it saves you from waiting in line for every aspect of Duomo attraction ticket (museum, dome, tower, etc). If you don't reserve, you can easily spend hours waiting in line in the hot sun, which is just not fun! For 5 attractions, it's only 15€. Definitely worth it, and everything was very beautiful and worth seeing!
  • Fantastic. Further on the Baptistery the history of the city from Roman Age to the Renaissance. Find the archaeological evidences of the Roman Age.