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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  • Beautiful beautiful and imposing Building takes your breath away when I close you are with his greatness and beauty
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  • 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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  • 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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  • Certainly a must see as you will see the Cathedral. The doors are amazing and you will want to see them. Most people don't really understand that much of this area, architecture, sculpture, paintings, metal work was completed nearly 500 years ago, right after the Medieval period where this type of art wasn't commonly practiced at least not since the Greeks and perhaps the Romans. It is simply mind boggling to appreciate what these artists were able to accomplish.
  • Quite incredible inside and out although a copy the "Gate to Paradise" is remarkable, original is in the museum, the original door is awe inspiring. Inside I had no idea what to expect. And this ceiling is exquisite and the work that had gone in to this is world class.
  • Excellent monument of medieval culture and architecture. You are going to find here XIII century mosaics and tomb of Baltazaro Cosa the pirate who become Pope. You need to buy a ticket to get in. Visitors are allowed to take non commercial photo without flash light.
  • Amazing building inside and out. The frescoes depicting biblical scenes inside the roof are extraordinary.
  • The church/dome is a nice place to visit even though i belive it is akwardly situated. It isnt to big but there enough things to keep you compeny. The painting drowen on the roof of the church is truly beatifull. There is 15 euro ticket that you can buy to visit this and some other places incluted the piazze the doumo (cathedral of santa maria de fiore) and the tower next to it.

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