The Baptistery of St. John, Florence

World heritage site · Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
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. To visit The Baptistery of St. John and get the most from your holiday in Florence, create itinerary details personal to you using our Florence holiday maker.
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  • It's just one room but it's lovely, with a 700 year old plus mural of religious motifs. It's a bit noisy despite the signage, but photogenic  more »
  • The octagonal Battistero di San Giovanni (Baptistery of St. John) is one of the oldest buildings in Florence. It is located opposite the Duomo Cathedral (full name Santa Maria del Fiore) and Giotto's....  more »
  • The architecture of this building is built as an honour to God. This batistry church has special doors for different class of people. It is located in the main and most beautiful square downtown...  more »
  • It’s a hexagonal building. It’s beautifully pained all over the sealing. The big Jesus sitting on a throne welcomes you warmly. The paintings are beautiful and well described in the pamphlets distributed there. The good thing is, you can buy a combined ticket for Dome, Copula, the bell tower and the baptistery. It’s all worth it. It’s a very peaceful place to sit and get amazed.
  • Its' very beautiful indeed, but it;s just a small building (it will take you around 10 minutes to see it all?) and the three of its impressive doors are in the museum next door anyway.
  • Beautiful of course! Included in the 3-day ticket. We went around 10am on a Sunday in June and it was slightly busy, but no waiting in line outside! It's just a bit shoulder to shoulder inside sometimes. Could have brought the stroller in, but it wasn't worth the 5 minute hassle.
  • The Baptistery is darker and has an entirely different feel than the Cathedral does. I suggest all tourists visit both places. Both are stunnjn in their own way. Also, the line moves quickly for the Baptistery!
  • Beautiful place, really worth to visit. The bronze door that can be seen from the outside is astonishing. From the inside, the roof decorations are simply amazing. Cost: Included in the 3 day Combo ticket of the Dome, tower and museum (18 Euro)

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