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The Baptistery of St. John, Florence

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Architectural Building Religious Site
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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  • we went to the 11th century Baptistry - a smaller octagonal shaped building which sits in front of the Cathedral. You might remember this site from Inferno - where Robert Langdon and Sienna went befor...  more »
  • Many people miss this gem, but it is worth seeing and there is never a line up. It is also included in the ticket to see the Cathedral, as is the Duomo museum.  more »
  • The Baptistery is a perfect location in the heart of Florence. Great for people who love history. Highly recommended!  more »
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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.