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. Use our Florence holiday maker to add The Baptistery of St. John and other attractions to your Florence vacation plans.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Beautiful beautiful and imposing Building takes your breath away when I close you are with his greatness and beauty
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  • August 17, 2017
    It was visually very beautiful temple. Design in a beautiful, expecially ceiling. And is only 1 room, sitting on the bench, slowly tour + break was. "Heaven's Gate" was popular, but is a replica. Note that real is located just near the Museum.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Posted by bought United tickets can participant view Baptism Church, stub than elsewhere, the crowd is not too much. Progress into the washing Hall, lift the head can see ceilings of Kerala mural painting, mainly describing the Bible story is worth a tour.
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  • So much are in one building! Beautiful from inside and outside. You can enter with the same ticket of Duomo.
  • The baptistery is next to the Duomo and the Tower, so you can't miss it. You need a ticket to get in, which you can buy from a ticket point in the square. We went on a Sunday and there was literary no line. That is mainly because people don't stay too long inside, because they don't usually know the history behind it. However, there isn't much to do inside, except for the ceiling, the floor and the tomb of the Antipope, but make sure to read up a bit in its history, because there are no panels inside to explain anything and it would be a shame to miss it. Also, make sure to observe the various doors with their panels as they are most interesting. Last but not least, when inside look above the altar, next to the figure of Jesus the various sinners getting punished. Most interesting! It doesn't take long to visit it and the history makes it worth a visit!
  • Just an outside view to admire its architecture, one of the oldest buildings in Florence city. Well preserved, remarkable to look at.
  • Amazing ceiling with beautiful mosaics. You can sit on a bench inside the baptisery and admire for quite a while. Baptisery has limited hours of opening during weekends (Sunday in particular), that don't overlap with the Santa Fiore basilic's nor the bell tower's timetables. Therefore, make sure to plan in advance seeing the interior of Baptisery first and foremost, as it has the most restrictive timetable!
  • Nice place, a must see place for all tourists who would visit Florence.

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