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The Baptistery of St. John, Florence

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 2,600+ reviews on the web
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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  • Although roof pretty much doesn't justify the price you pay and the time it takes to get in unless you are a big fan of art because otherwise it won't stay there in more than 15 minutes.
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  • The complex of buildings of the Duomo is the most beautiful, inside it is spectacular, especially the dome and doors, although the originals are in the Museum.
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  • The artwork depicted in stunning gold on the ceiling is beautiful. It also served as a way to educate those who could not read about the history of the bible, from creation to the savior, Jesus Christ...  read more »
  • Its Mosaic ceiling is simply amazing. And weirdly enough, there are not a lot of tourist inside it. It's almost amusing that the human density outside of the Baptistery is so much higher than it is on the inside. So it serves as a well-timed refuge from all the tourists.
  • The golden ceiling is awesome at any time of the day and the place is mostly quiet. Well worth visiting with the 15€ pass.
  • Love the majestic dome, interior and exterior design!
  • Part of the €10 pass to this and 4 other attractions in this area. I would recommend getting this pass and doing the dome and the tower early in the morning. Then go into the cathedral and baptistery. Ceiling dome painting is incredible. Only takes 5/10 mins, so no need to plan it. Just nip in and out when convenient.
  • Love this awe-inspiring dome. Go on Easter Day if you can for a truly singular sort of ceremony in front of the baptistery
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